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Abiudi from Tanzania raised $724 to fund a mass excision procedure.

  • $724 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Abiudi's treatment was fully funded on April 11, 2021.

Photo of Abiudi post-operation

June 10, 2021

Abiudi underwent a mass excision procedure.

Abiudi had a successful surgery that helped remove the mass that was causing him pain and making him struggle to breathe. After the surgery, the mass was significantly reduced saving him from the pain and discomfort he was going through and also he was able to breathe well without any difficulty. Abiudi has now traveled back home, which is over twelve hours drive on a bus. The hospital is continuing to follow up to ensure a full healing and support any further treatment that he may need.

Abiudi’s mother says, “Thank you for helping treat my son because the surgery helped him be happy, feed well, and enjoy his play now that we’re home. His mass has started increasing so we’re talking with the doctor still to see if he needs anything more.’’

Abiudi had a successful surgery that helped remove the mass that was causing him pain and making him struggle to breathe. After the surgery...

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March 3, 2021

Abiudi is a 1-year-old baby boy. He is a charming baby and the last born in a family of five children. Abiudi’s family lives in an important agricultural area in the central part of Tanzania, and his parents are small scale farmers of maize, vegetables, and sunflowers They depend entirely on what they harvest from their farm for their daily living and supporting their family.

Abiudi has a mass that has developed on his left mandible. The mass first appeared when he was six months old as a small swelling, and has been growing since then. His parents sought treatment for him at a local hospital, and doctors determined the mass needs to be removed. He currently experiences a lot of pain and discomfort.

Abiudi traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On March 4th, surgeons will remove the mass, and once recovered he will continue to grow up as a happy, healthy boy. Now, Abiudi’s family needs help to raise $724 to fund this procedure.

Abiudi’s mother shared, “We have struggled a lot trying to seek treatment for our son, but without success. Kindly help treat our son as he is suffering.”

Abiudi is a 1-year-old baby boy. He is a charming baby and the last born in a family of five children. Abiudi's family lives in an important...

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Abiudi's Timeline

  • March 3, 2021

    Abiudi was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • March 4, 2021

    Abiudi received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC) in Tanzania. 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 5, 2021

    Abiudi's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 11, 2021

    Abiudi's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 10, 2021

    We received an update on Abiudi. Read the update.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $724 for Abiudi's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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?

There are so many different kinds of masses so it is difficult to state what the significance is.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

The process depends on the location of the mass and whether it is cancerous or benign.

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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