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Success! Willison from Uganda raised $187 to fund lipoma removal.

Willison
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  • $187 raised, $0 to go
$187
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Willison's treatment was fully funded on June 19, 2020.

Photo of Willison post-operation

June 22, 2020

Willison underwent surgery to remove an abdominal lipoma.

Willison’s surgery was a success! He underwent excision treatment to remove his anterior abdominal lipoma that was causing him pain. He no longer feels any discomfort and can expect to have a better quality of life. He can enjoy life with his five children.

Willison shared, “You have saved my life, my donors. I know my life will be better now and that I can work on my farms.”

Willison's surgery was a success! He underwent excision treatment to remove his anterior abdominal lipoma that was causing him pain. He no l...

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April 24, 2020

Willison is a farmer from Uganda and arrived at Nyakibale Hospital with an anterior abdominal lipoma which he has struggled with for over a year. He is unable to sleep on the affected side and complains of a burning sensation around the lipoma area.

Willison had been to a different hospital previously, but could not receive surgery due to financial limitations. He opted to come to Nyakibale Hospital after hearing of the surgical program and possible support. If treated, Willison will be out of constant pain and discomfort. 

He is a father of five and works in his small piece of land to make a living. Together with the wife, they have to save every penny they earn for their children’s education and daily sustenance. This leaves them with very little savings. Willison is not able to afford the cost of surgery and appeals for financial assistance.

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

Willison says “I hope to regain my strength again after my surgery to continue with cultivation and provide for my family.”

Willison is a farmer from Uganda and arrived at Nyakibale Hospital with an anterior abdominal lipoma which he has struggled with for over a ...

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Willison's Timeline

  • April 24, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 25, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Willison 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

    Willison's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 19, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Willison's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 22, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Willison's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $187 for Willison'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.