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Success! Arinaitwe from Uganda raised $196 to fund mobility restoring foot surgery.

  • $196 raised, $0 to go
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Arinaitwe's treatment was fully funded on January 26, 2021.

Photo of Arinaitwe post-operation

October 18, 2020

Arinaitwe underwent mobility-restoring foot surgery.

Arinaitwe had a successful excision treatment on his left foot to treat his cyst. He is doing really well, with no pain and discomfort remaining. He can now move comfortably and is excited to live a better quality of life.

Arinaitwe shared with us, “I want to thank a lot my donors for making me feel special amongst others. I was not in a position to do anything productive due to this condition, but now as am relieved from it, I will be able to continue with farming when I’m fully stable.”

Arinaitwe had a successful excision treatment on his left foot to treat his cyst. He is doing really well, with no pain and discomfort remai...

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August 17, 2020

Arinaitwe is a farmer from Uganda. Arinaitwe is a married father of eight children with two boys who are all still studying and six girls, one is married, and the rest are still in school. Arinaitwe earns a living from agriculture where he has a banana and coffee plantation and rears cows on a small scale but mostly for home consumption and sells off the surplus. He operates the farm together with his wife.

Arinaitwe presented with a swelling on the left foot for two years. He has pain when he tries to wear shoes and walks with difficulty.

Arinaitwe traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On August 18, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Arinaitwe needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure.

Atuheire says, “I expect a successful surgery and hope that my health will be restored after surgery to continue with farming.”

Arinaitwe is a farmer from Uganda. Arinaitwe is a married father of eight children with two boys who are all still studying and six girls, o...

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Arinaitwe's Timeline

  • August 17, 2020

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

  • August 17, 2020

    Arinaitwe's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 19, 2020

    Arinaitwe received treatment at Karoli Lwanga Hospital, Nyakibale in Uganda. 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.

  • October 18, 2020

    Arinaitwe's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 26, 2021

    Arinaitwe's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

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

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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Annastasia is a very joyful lady. The 47-year-old is married and has five children. Two of her children have already finished school and are not yet financially stable. Her husband does not have a job but is sometimes able to get work as a bus driver when they need more help. Annastasia used to sell charcoal but she stopped the business three months ago when she fell ill and started her treatment process. In September of this year, she noticed a mass in her right breast. Three days later, she went to a facility near her home area, was examined, and told that she had mastitis. She was immediately admitted, put on medication and a few days later, she was discharged. While at home, she noticed that the swelling was getting bigger. She went back to the facility, was examined again, and referred to another nearby facility. In the facility scans and test were done and she was immediately referred to Kijabe Hospital for treatment. Upon arrival at Kijabe hospital, Annastasia was scheduled for urgent surgery. However, she is not in a financial position to cater for the surgery and is appealing for financial aid. Annastasia has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Without treatment, the cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been advised to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1110 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Annastasia. The procedure is scheduled to take place on December 30th. After treatment, Annastasia will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Annastasia says, "When I was told that the mass could be cancerous if not removed, I felt helpless and knew that it was over for me.”

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