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Success! Kwarisiima from Uganda raised $206 to fund a mass removal.

  • $206 raised, $0 to go
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Kwarisiima's treatment was fully funded on December 1, 2020.

Photo of Kwarisiima post-operation

July 10, 2020

Kwarisiima underwent a mass removal.

Kwarisiima had a successful excision treatment to remove a lipoma. He feels better and is relieved that he no longer has the condition which disfigured him for so long. He hopes to have a better quality of life after recovering.

Kwarisiima shared, “I thank you so much because this condition had made me look disfigured. I am so appreciative for this support as I am now fine and I hope to continue with my small stationary retail business.”

Kwarisiima had a successful excision treatment to remove a lipoma. He feels better and is relieved that he no longer has the condition which...

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June 8, 2020

Kwarisiima is a 30-year-old businessman from Uganda. He is a married father to one young child who is in nursery class. Personally, he never proceeded with his education after senior class six due to lack of school fees. He currently earns a living from his small business where he operates a small retail stationery selling shop. His wife is a nursery teacher and they all stay together in a single-roomed rental house in the village.

Kwarisiima presented at the hospital with a left-sided frontal regional swelling since 2009. The swelling has kept on increasing in size over the years and this has worried him a lot.

Kwarisiima traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On June 9th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Kwarisiima needs help to raise $206 to fund this procedure.

Kwarisiima says: “I hope to get relieved from all the pain I have been having and expect to continue hustling to provide to my family.”

Kwarisiima is a 30-year-old businessman from Uganda. He is a married father to one young child who is in nursery class. Personally, he never...

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Kwarisiima's Timeline

  • June 8, 2020

    Kwarisiima was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • June 9, 2020

    Kwarisiima 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.

  • June 10, 2020

    Kwarisiima's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 10, 2020

    Kwarisiima's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 1, 2020

    Kwarisiima's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $206 for Kwarisiima'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, 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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