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Success! Geofrey from Uganda raised $187 to fund a mass removal on his back.

Geofrey
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Geofrey's treatment was fully funded on December 9, 2020.

Photo of Geofrey post-operation

June 24, 2020

Geofrey underwent a mass removal on his back.

Geofrey’s surgery was a success! His doctors performed an excision treatment to remove a lipoma. He is feeling much better and expects to continue farming once he makes a full recovery. He will now be able to provide for his wife and eight children.

Geofrey shared, “I am very privileged for Watsi’s support. Without your help, I surely would not have had the surgery. Thanks to my donors for saving my life. I hope to be able to continue farming.”

Geofrey's surgery was a success! His doctors performed an excision treatment to remove a lipoma. He is feeling much better and expects to co...

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April 24, 2020

Geofrey is a middle-aged peasant farmer from Uganda. Geofrey has been living with a painful swell on his left upper back for the last eight years. He complains of difficulty working especially for long hours due to the lipoma. Unfortunately, he had not been to the hospital before due to financial constraints. He heard about Watsi’s Medical Partner’s program in Nyakibale Hospital and decided to come.

Doctors diagnosed him with a giant lipoma and excision is recommended. He is not able to raise the amount needed for his surgery. 

Geofrey is a father of 8 children, with 4 of them still in school. He has to pay for their tuition fee from his subsistence farming. His wife works together with him on the farm and their farm produce is limited. He sometimes also sells bananas in the local market to make a living. Geofrey appeals for financial assistance.

Geofrey traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On April 25th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Geofrey needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure.

Geofrey says, “I hope that my surgery will be successful because am afraid of such huge swelling, but I do trust that everything shall be well and I can continue with selling bananas and cultivation.”

Geofrey is a middle-aged peasant farmer from Uganda. Geofrey has been living with a painful swell on his left upper back for the last eight ...

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Geofrey's Timeline

  • April 24, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 25, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Geofrey 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

    Geofrey's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 24, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Geofrey's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 09, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Geofrey's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $187 for Geofrey'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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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Yoeun

Yoeun is a 62-year-old retired rice farmer with one daughter who sells food on a mobile cart. She no longer works in the family rice field due to her age, instead staying at home and looking after her grandchildren and her elderly mother. Her husband died in the Khmer Rouge regime. She enjoys listening to monks preaching on the radio when she has free time. Since ten year ago, Yoeun has had a pterygium in her left eye, causing her irritation, pain, headache, and blurred vision. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Yoeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours with her daughter finally seeking treatment. Yoeun needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of her procedure is $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for January 12th. "I hope after surgery my eye gets better, I can be independent and not worry about my eye anymore. I want to go to the pagoda ceremony without help and take care of my mother," Yoeun told us with a hopeful smile.

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