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Success! Mujuna from Uganda raised $187 to fund a lipoma removal surgery.

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Mujuna's treatment was fully funded on December 10, 2020.

Photo of Mujuna post-operation

June 24, 2020

Mujuna underwent a lipoma removal surgery.

Mujuna’s surgery was successful! He doctors performed an excision treatment to remove a lateral neck lipoma and he is now doing well with no pain. He will have a higher quality of life, be able to continue farming, and spend time with his wife, eight children, and two grandchildren.

Mujuna shared, “I will surely live to remember your support and the day I was given such support. May you be blessed and live longer. I will be able to farm and bear weight on my shoulders once again.”

Mujuna's surgery was successful! He doctors performed an excision treatment to remove a lateral neck lipoma and he is now doing well with no...

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April 24, 2020

Mujuna is a small-scale farmer from western Uganda who relies on his coffee and banana plantation to earn a living. He rears three cows as well but since he has not adopted the modern agricultural practices, his farm produce is often low. A father of 8 children, he lives with his wife and two grandchildren. He came to Nyakibale Hospital’s surgical team with complaints of a neck swelling that is quite painful. He has had this swelling for about 10 years and he associates it with a pins and needle feeling and persistent headache. He further notes that due to the swell, he is not able to lift heavy weights with ease.

Mujuna had not been to any hospital mainly due to limited finance. Upon review at Watsi’s Medical Partner’s Care Center, he has an anterior neck lipoma diagnosis and surgery is recommended. On April 25th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Mujuna needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure.

Mujuna said, “When treated, I hope to get fine and continue farming to support my family.”

Mujuna is a small-scale farmer from western Uganda who relies on his coffee and banana plantation to earn a living. He rears three cows as w...

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Mujuna's Timeline

  • April 24, 2020

    Mujuna was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • April 25, 2020

    Mujuna 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.

  • April 26, 2020

    Mujuna's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 24, 2020

    Mujuna's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 10, 2020

    Mujuna's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $187 for Mujuna'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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