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

Neserien
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  • $689 raised, $0 to go
$689
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Neserien's treatment was fully funded on October 19, 2017.

Photo of Neserien post-operation

August 23, 2017

Neserien underwent a mass removal.

Neserien is doing so well. This treatment has saved her life, allowing her to have a happy and healthy childhood.

Neserien’s father says, “Thank you all for helping my daughter get better. She was in so much pain but now she is well, she can play and laugh.”

Neserien is doing so well. This treatment has saved her life, allowing her to have a happy and healthy childhood. Neserien’s father says,...

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July 18, 2017

Neserien is a five-year-old girl from Tanzania. She is a big sister and is always eager to help her mother with chores.

Unfortunately, Neserien became sick three weeks ago. She was experiencing stomach pains that only got worse when she used the restroom. When painkillers didn’t help and the pain got worse, her parents took her to our medical partner’s hospital, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre, for further treatment.

There, they found that Neserien had developed a mass that was pressing down on her abdomen. To prevent further damage, the doctors will perform a mass excision. The surgery will take place on July 19 and will cost $689. The family has contributed $67 of their own money.

Neserien’s family looks forward to her recovery.

“Please help my daughter get help. She is in pain,” her father says.

Neserien is a five-year-old girl from Tanzania. She is a big sister and is always eager to help her mother with chores. Unfortunately, N...

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Neserien's Timeline

  • July 18, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 19, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Neserien 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.

  • August 09, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Neserien's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 23, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Neserien's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • October 19, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Neserien's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 1 donor

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Treatment
Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $689 for Neserien'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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