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Success! Kanyesigye from Uganda raised $196 to fund a mass excision procedure on his left arm.

Kanyesigye
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  • $196 raised, $0 to go
$196
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Kanyesigye's treatment was fully funded on March 12, 2021.

Photo of Kanyesigye post-operation

July 6, 2021

Kanyesigye underwent a mass excision procedure on his left arm.

Kanyesigye had a successful mass removal at our medical partner’s care center Nyakibale hospital. He has since recovered well and hopes to resume all of his regular daily activities.

Kanyesigye is grateful for the support given: “Thanks so much my donors for making my surgery possible because this swelling had given me a hard time, but am glad that I can now use my arm again. I plan to get back to farming now.”

Kanyesigye had a successful mass removal at our medical partner's care center Nyakibale hospital. He has since recovered well and hopes to r...

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March 8, 2021

Kanyesigye is a father of two and works with his wife on his small farm, cultivating maize, beans, and potatoes for home consumption and selling the surplus to make a living.

Kanyesigye came to Nyakibale Hospital with complaints of a persistent swell on his left hand for the last two years. He is not able to lift heavy loads, and often feels both pain and itchiness. The pain is more pronounced when he strains his hand, and he has been managing the pain with medication. Kanyesigye has been diagnosed with a lipoma that needs to be removed. However, his family is not financially able to meet the cost of his surgery.

Kanyesigye traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On March 9th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Kanyesigye needs help to raise $196 to fund this procedure.

Kanyesigye shared, “I look forward to a successful surgery to regain my hand’s ability to perform heavy tasks. Please help me.”

Kanyesigye is a father of two and works with his wife on his small farm, cultivating maize, beans, and potatoes for home consumption and sel...

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Kanyesigye's Timeline

  • March 8, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 9, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kanyesigye 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.

  • March 10, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kanyesigye's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 12, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kanyesigye's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 6, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kanyesigye's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $196 for Kanyesigye's treatment
Hospital Fees
$95
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$29
Supplies
$28
Labs
$34
Other
$10
  • 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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