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Success! Avila from Tanzania raised $920 to remove excess tissue from her nose.

Avila
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$920
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Fully funded
Avila's treatment was fully funded on March 15, 2016.

Photo of Avila post-operation

April 10, 2016

Avila underwent successful surgery to remove excess tissue on her nose.

“Avila is doing very well,” our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), tells us. “The extra tissue on the nasal bridge was successfully excised. Avila has got a better aesthetic appearance with a long term impact on her social wellbeing.”

“I am very happy that my daughter had a successful surgery. I hope that she will continue with normal growth and grow up to be a confident, successful woman in the future,” says Avila’s mother.

"Avila is doing very well," our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), tells us. "The extra tissue on the nasal brid...

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February 9, 2016

Avila, a two-year-old girl from Tanzania, loves to walk and play with other children. Beloved by her family and older sibling, she is a happy and friendly girl. Last year, Avila had heart surgery. She is doing well, but some excess nose tissue has grown on the bridge of her nose and changed her appearance.

Avila’s parents are concerned about the swelling and hope that the nose tissue can be removed, so their daughter can live a comfortable and normal life with confidence. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), shares, “If untreated, the abnormal appearance will reduce Avila’s self-confidence as she continues to grow due to criticism from her peers.”

Avila’s mother works as a tailor, and her father works as a motorcycle driver. Her parents work hard to take care of both of their children. Last year, Avila’s parents spent a large portion of their income on treatment for Avila’s heart condition and cannot afford the $920 it will cost to have Avila’s excess nose tissue removed. AMHF explains, “Avila will have better facial aesthetics and better quality of life.”

“My daughter has come a long way and I will be happy to see her without the excess tissue on her nose,” Avila’s mother shares. “Normal facial appearance will boost her self-confidence as a teenager and an adult as well.”

Avila, a two-year-old girl from Tanzania, loves to walk and play with other children. Beloved by her family and older sibling, she is a happ...

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Avila's Timeline

  • February 9, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Avila was submitted by Esupat Kimerei, Rehab Surgery Project Assistant Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare Foundation, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • February 10, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Avila received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC). Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • March 08, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Avila's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 15, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Avila's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 10, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Avila's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 19 donors

Funded by 19 donors

Treatment
Mass Excision
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Broadly speaking, masses come in two types: benign (not cancer) and malignant (cancer). The types of tumors are many and could range from osteosarcoma of the jaw (a bone tumor) to thyroid enlargement to breast lump to lipoma (benign fat tumor), among others. The symptoms vary depending on the type of tumor. Not all tumors, cancerous or benign, show symptoms. A common benign tumor, such as a lipoma (fatty tumor), may cause local pressure and pain, or may be disfiguring and socially stigmatizing. An ovarian mass may be benign or cancerous and may cause pain, bleeding, or, if malignant, death.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

If the tumor is cancerous, it is usually aggressive and invasive. If not treated (like certain skin cancers, for example) there could be great tissue destruction, pain, deformity, and ultimately death.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

There are so many different kinds of masses so it is difficult to state what the significance is.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

The process depends on the location of the mass and whether it is cancerous or benign.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

In the case of cancer, the procedure can be life-saving. In the case of benign tumors, patients can be free of pain or social stigma.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

If the tumor is cancerous, the surgeon will only try to remove it if the procedure would be curative. If cancer has already spread, then surgery cannot help. Most of these surgeries are not very risky.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

There are few qualified facilities and surgeons to perform this procedure.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Alternatives depend on the type of tumor. If the tumor is cancerous, chemotherapy may help, but that treatment is even less available than surgery. If the tumor is benign, it depends on the condition but just watching the mass would be one option.

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