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Kamasindi from Uganda raised $196 to fund a mass removal.

Kamasindi
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Fully funded
Kamasindi's treatment was fully funded on December 31, 2020.

Photo of Kamasindi post-operation

January 2, 2021

Kamasindi underwent a life-changing mass removal.

Kamasindi had a successful hernia treatment. Doctors planned to remove a cystic mass but during her operation, she was found to have a left femoral hernia and a herniorrhaphy was carried out. She has been relieved of the pain and discomfort she had and shared that she is expecting to do well on her farm once she is feeling better.

Kamasindi told us, “I am humbled before you my donors for having greatly saved my life. I used to feel much pain to the extent of crying and I was losing hope. Thanks so much for making me live well again.”

Kamasindi had a successful hernia treatment. Doctors planned to remove a cystic mass but during her operation, she was found to have a left ...

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September 10, 2020

Kamasindi is a small-scale farmer from Uganda and has been a widow for 25 years. She has three children, all not yet married and carrying out casual work, except her youngest who is in third grade.

Kamasindi presented with painful swelling in her left inguinal region that she has had for three years. She has pain and limps when she walking.

Kamasindi traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On September 15th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Kamasindi needs help to raise $196 to fund this procedure.

Kamasindi says: “I hope for a better surgery so that I can get well and live happily without the burden I have today. I will resume to farming when am done with surgery successfully.”

Kamasindi is a small-scale farmer from Uganda and has been a widow for 25 years. She has three children, all not yet married and carrying ou...

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Kamasindi's Timeline

  • September 10, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 10, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kamasindi's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 15, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kamasindi 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 31, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kamasindi's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 02, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Kamasindi. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

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

Ampaire is a 30-year-old mother from Uganda. She is a mother of two children. Ampaire is the last born in a family of eleven children and has two brothers and eight sisters, all of whom are married and are small scale farmers. When she was younger, she didn't have enough money to further her studies past senior four level, so she decided to do a course in nursery teaching. She currently makes a living from teaching in a nearby nursery school, and also does some small scale farming to earn a little extra support for their family. Ampaire came to the hospital with a history of two previous C-sections. Her first C-section was in 2011 due to fetal distress, and the second one in 2019 was due to was poor progress in the baby's development. For her current pregnancy, she has attended antenatal care at Nyakibale Hospital six times, and it was during her last visit that doctors recommended she deliver through a caesarean section. This would help prevent complications like uterine rupture that may occur while attempting to deliver normally. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Ampaire receive this procedure. They are requesting $252 to fund her procedure. On January 26th, surgeons at their care center will perform a C-section surgery that will allow her to deliver her baby safely. Ampaire shared, “My prayer is to have a successful delivery of my baby and regain my health after surgery so that I can continue taking care of my family.”

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