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Success! Shany from Tanzania raised $689 to fund a mass removal procedure.

Shany
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  • $689 raised, $0 to go
$689
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Shany's treatment was fully funded on March 3, 2018.

Photo of Shany post-operation

February 28, 2018

Shany underwent a mass removal procedure.

Shany is doing very well after receiving a facial hemangioma excision treatment. She is now very healthy and ready to pursue her dreams.

Shany’s mother says, “I am very happy and thankful that Shany got treated. She will attend school when she grows up, and I pray to God to give her strength so that she succeeds in her life.”

Shany is doing very well after receiving a facial hemangioma excision treatment. She is now very healthy and ready to pursue her dreams. ...

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January 15, 2018

Shany is a baby from Tanzania. She is cute and sweet. Shany’s father is a car mechanic, and her mother takes care of the family. The family lives in a rented house in Eastern region of Tanzania.

Shany was born with a mild hemangioma on her face, and the condition continues to grow as Shany grows. If not treated, Shany may experience pain, and the hemangioma may worsen.

Shany’s family traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On January 17, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Shany’s family needs help to raise $689 to fund this procedure.

Shany’s mother says, “I thank God and all who contributed to Shany’s treatment. I promise that when Shany gets treated, she will attend school when she grows up.”

Shany is a baby from Tanzania. She is cute and sweet. Shany’s father is a car mechanic, and her mother takes care of the family. The family ...

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Shany's Timeline

  • January 15, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Shany was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare Foundation, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • January 16, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Shany's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 17, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Shany 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.

  • February 28, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Shany's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • March 03, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Shany's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

Treatment
Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $689 for Shany's treatment
Hospital Fees
$577
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$11
Supplies
$49
Labs
$52
  • 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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.