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Success! Asinguza from Uganda raised $137 to fund mass excision surgery.

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Asinguza's treatment was fully funded on September 7, 2021.

Photo of Asinguza post-operation

August 20, 2021

Asinguza underwent mass excision surgery.

Asinguza had a successful excision treatment after being diagnosed with a cystic mass. Through the surgery, his swelling and pain were alleviated. His mother shared that he can now sleep through the night and she has noticed that now he is even able to walk with ease unlike before. With a complete recovery, Asinguza’s mother hopes that he will be able to grow well and in good health.

Asinguza’s mother says, “I really appreciated you so much for paying for my son’s surgery because had it not been your support, this wouldn’t have been possible for me, but I am glad that my son is now fine.”

Asinguza had a successful excision treatment after being diagnosed with a cystic mass. Through the surgery, his swelling and pain were allev...

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July 5, 2021

Asinguza is a two-year-old boy from Western Uganda and the youngest child in a family of three children. His parents are farmers who grow maize and beans.

Since he was born, Asinguza has had a mass on his chest that has gradually increased in size. While it was initially painless, the mass has recently become painful. After examination, he was diagnosed with a cystic mass and requires surgery to remove it. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Asinguza to receive treatment. On July 6th, surgeons will remove the mass and now, Asinguza needs help to raise $137 to fund the procedure.

Asinguza’s mother shared, “I think that he will be able to grow, play and walking will be easy for him as he grows when the swelling is removed.”

Asinguza is a two-year-old boy from Western Uganda and the youngest child in a family of three children. His parents are farmers who grow ma...

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Asinguza's Timeline

  • July 5, 2021

    Asinguza was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • July 6, 2021

    Asinguza received treatment at Karoli Lwanga Hospital, Nyakibale in Uganda. 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.

  • July 12, 2021

    Asinguza's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 20, 2021

    Asinguza's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 7, 2021

    Asinguza's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Mass Excision (Minor)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $137 for Asinguza's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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, even 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 (including certain skin cancers, for example) there could be great tissue destruction, pain, deformity, and ultimately death. For non-cancerous masses, they could be disfiguring and painful.

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

Due to a 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 to the hospital for one day to prepare for their surgery. For a minor mass excision, the patient is operated under local anaesthesia and based on the location, the surgery may be 1-2 hours long. The patient is then monitored and discharged on the same day of surgery if no concerns arise.

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 considered high risk.

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 in Uganda. If the tumor is benign, it depends on the condition but just watching the mass would be one option.

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