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Geofrey is a rural farmer from Uganda who needs $187 to fund a mass removal on his back.

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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
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Geofrey's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Geofrey is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 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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