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Success! Komugasho from Uganda raised $196 to fund surgery to remove a lump from her breast.

Komugasho
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  • $196 raised, $0 to go
$196
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Komugasho's treatment was fully funded on December 27, 2020.

Photo of Komugasho post-operation

December 28, 2020

Komugasho underwent surgery to remove a lump from her breast.

Komugasho successfully received an excision treatment for her lipo adenoma cyst. Her surgery went as planned and she shared that she is now free from all her previous symptoms and expects to get much better with a full life ahead.

Komugasho said: “I really thank the program donors for having thought of us and for restoring our lives in one way or the other. I pray that God blesses whatever you do so that you have more to help others.”

Komugasho successfully received an excision treatment for her lipo adenoma cyst. Her surgery went as planned and she shared that she is now ...

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November 16, 2020

Komugasho is a farmer from Uganda. She is married and a mother to two sons and three daughters. Two of her daughters are small scale farmers, and her sons are both still studying in school. Komugasho was an orphan when she was younger, and studied up to senior year three, but couldn’t complete schooling due to an inability to pay school fees. She and her husband both earn a living from small scale farming, where they grow crops for home consumption and sell the surplus to make an income.

Komugasho came into our medical partner’s care center with a swelling in her left breast. She has had this mass for three years, and has been experiencing chest pain and headaches as a result. Komugasho will need to have this mass removed in order to prevent the discomfort and pain from continuing.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Komugasho receive treatment. On November 17th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Komugasho needs help to raise $196 to fund this procedure.

Komugasho shared, “I hope to get healed from this condition and expect to resume with farming after I have fully recovered.”

Komugasho is a farmer from Uganda. She is married and a mother to two sons and three daughters. Two of her daughters are small scale farmers...

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Komugasho's Timeline

  • November 16, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Komugasho was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • November 17, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Komugasho's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 24, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Komugasho 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.

  • December 27, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Komugasho's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 28, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Komugasho's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $196 for Komugasho'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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