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Success! Herbert from Uganda raised $187 to fund a mass removal on his head.

Herbert
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Herbert's treatment was fully funded on March 24, 2020.

Photo of Herbert post-operation

February 25, 2020

Herbert underwent a mass removal on his head.

After a successful excision lipoma treatment due to a facial lipoma, Nishaba Herbert is now much better and presents with no current major complaint, only appreciating the great work the Watsi and SAFE program has done for him.

Nishaba Herbert says, “Thank you for having supported my surgery and restoring my health once again. I will continue with cultivation.”

After a successful excision lipoma treatment due to a facial lipoma, Nishaba Herbert is now much better and presents with no current major c...

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January 21, 2020

Herbert is a peasant farmer from Uganda who has been having a persistent pain on his back and headache due to a visible frontal swell. He fears that without treatment, he will continue struggling with persistent pain.

Previously, he tried seeking treatment but could not raise the funds needed for surgery. He came to our facility whereupon he received a lipoma diagnosis and had an excision recommended. However, he is still struggling with finances.

Herbert is a farmer who together with his wife tends to their small farm to meet the family demands of their five children. His children are in school making it hard to consolidate finances for his surgery.

Herbert traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On January 22nd, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Herbert needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure.

Herbert says, “I hope my surgery will go on well and I expect a better quality of health after I have fully recovered.”

Herbert is a peasant farmer from Uganda who has been having a persistent pain on his back and headache due to a visible frontal swell. He fe...

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Herbert's Timeline

  • January 21, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Herbert was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • January 22, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Herbert received treatment at Karoli Lwanga Hospital, Nyakibale. 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.

  • January 26, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Herbert's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 25, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Herbert's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • March 24, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Herbert's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $187 for Herbert's treatment
Hospital Fees
$96
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$29
Supplies
$28
Labs
$34
  • 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?

Due to lack of accessibility to treatment facilities, some of the patients have lived with masses for a long time. Access to medical facilities is difficult for people living in remote parts of Uganda.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The patient is usually admitted for three days. They undergo three- to five-hour surgery depending on the location of the mass and whether it's cancerous. After surgery, they are continuously monitored in the wards.

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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Aung

Aung is a 15-year-old novice monk from Burma. He stays in the monastery in his village of Hpa-An. His parents own a piece of land where his father and oldest brother grow vegetables and fruits to sell. His family also grows vegetables for their own consumption. Two months ago, Aung developed headaches, and his head increased in size, especially the right side of his head. At that time, his father bought medication from the pharmacy to reduce his headaches. He took it for two days but did not feel better. Later on, his father took him to Hpa-An Hospital where he received a blood test and an x-ray. The doctor told his father to take him to Yangon but his father instead brought him to Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) in Mae Sot, Thailand. On February 25th, Aung arrived at MTC and he was referred to Watsi Medical Partner's Mae Sot Hospital the next day. At MSH, the doctor has recommended a CT scan and also told Aung's father that Aung needs to replace the shunt he received in his head in 2016 that has helped treat his hydrocephalus condition; unfortunately, the shunt is now blocked. The family is hopeful that Watsi supporters may be able to support a shunt procedure as well. Currently, Aung suffers from headaches and the area where he had the shunt inserted into his head is slowly increasing in size. The area of his head that has increased in size is sensitive and he is not able to sleep on his right side. Doctors want Aung to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors further diagnose his condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Aung's CT scan and care, scheduled for February 27th. Aung said, "When I lie down and sleep, I can sleep only on one side because the growth hurts if I lay on it." He is hoping to feel better with treatment.

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