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Annah is a potato, bean, and maize farmer from Uganda who needs $187 to fund a mass removal on her chest.

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April 24, 2020

Annah is a rural farmer from Uganda who came to a surgical camp organized by Nyakibale Hospital with a palpable chest mass that had been present for over two years. The swelling causes Annah persistent pain and severe backaches. Doctors diagnosed her with a lateral chest wall lipoma and an excision is recommended.

Previously, she feared to go to the hospital due to the huge medical bill expected. With successful surgery, she will be able to lead a normal life. Annah is a 56-year-old mother of 4 children. Together with her husband, they tend to their small farm for subsistence farming, planting potatoes, beans and maize. His husband tends to a banana plantation to meet their daily needs.

On April 25th, surgeons will remove her mass. Now, Annah needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure.

Annah says, “I hope I will be alive again after my surgery to go back to farming to provide to my family.”

Annah is a rural farmer from Uganda who came to a surgical camp organized by Nyakibale Hospital with a palpable chest mass that had been pre...

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Annah's Timeline

  • April 24, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Annah was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • April 25, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Annah received treatment at Karoli Lwanga Hospital, Nyakibale. 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.

  • April 26, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Annah's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 22, 2020
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Annah's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Annah is currently raising funds for her treatment.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $187 for Annah's treatment
Hospital Fees
$96
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$29
Supplies
$28
Labs
$34
  • 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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