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Success! Ritah from Uganda raised $137 to fund a mass removal so she can live pain free.

Ritah
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$137
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Fully funded
Ritah's treatment was fully funded on July 7, 2022.

Photo of Ritah post-operation

July 19, 2022

Ritah underwent a mass removal so she can live pain free.

Ritah successfully received an excision treatment after being diagnosed with lipoma. She no longer has a feeling of needles and pins sensation or paralysis. Upon full recovery, Ritah is eager to resume running her small business.

Ritah says, “From the bottom of my heart I appreciate you, my donors, for seeing to it that this swelling that had limited my health over a long time has been removed. I pray that God may be the one to reward you.”

Ritah successfully received an excision treatment after being diagnosed with lipoma. She no longer has a feeling of needles and pins sensati...

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April 4, 2022

Ritah is a hardworking mother of three. She graduated with a degree in economics and was employed until 2020 when Covid affected her country and her job. She lost her only source of income yet still had to find a way to provide for her family. She separated from her husband due to domestic wrangles and currently lives alone. Ritah opened a mobile money transfer outlet which is still growing and earns her income to meet her day to day needs.

Since two years ago, Ritah started having a swelling on her left hand. It was initially painless but in the last six months, has become painful. She went to the national referral hospital but the cost of recommended surgery was too high for her. She came to Nyakibale Hospital and requested for help.

On April 5th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Ritah needs help to raise $137 to fund this procedure.

Ritah said: “I will be fine after being given a chance to undergo my surgery and hope to get free from this disfigurement.”

Ritah is a hardworking mother of three. She graduated with a degree in economics and was employed until 2020 when Covid affected her country...

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Ritah's Timeline

  • April 4, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Ritah was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • April 6, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ritah's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 13, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ritah 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.

  • July 7, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ritah's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 19, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ritah's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Treatment
Mass Excision (Minor)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $137 for Ritah's treatment
Hospital Fees
$38
Medical Staff
$23
Medication
$3
Supplies
$30
Labs
$30
Other
$13
  • 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, even 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 (including certain skin cancers, for example) there could be great tissue destruction, pain, deformity, and ultimately death. For non-cancerous masses, they could be disfiguring and painful.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Due to a 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 to the hospital for one day to prepare for their surgery. For a minor mass excision, the patient is operated under local anaesthesia and based on the location, the surgery may be 1-2 hours long. The patient is then monitored and discharged on the same day of surgery if no concerns arise.

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 considered high risk.

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 in Uganda. If the tumor is benign, it depends on the condition but just watching the mass would be one option.

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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Faith

Faith is a beautiful four-month-old baby from Kenya. She is the youngest of two children. To support their family, her mother is a stay-at-home mom, and her father herds and sells cattle. Faith was born at home with several congenital conditions. Her parents took her to a nearby facility for examination, where she was diagnosed with spina bifida, hydrocephalus, and clubfoot. They were referred to another facility where a medical device, called a shunt, was used to help treat the hydrocephalus, draining the excess fluid from her brain. On discharge, the hospital referred her and her family to our medical partner's care center, BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital, where Faith was examined and scheduled for spina bifida repair surgery. Spina bifida is a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Faith is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,151 to cover the cost of Faith's spina bifida closure surgery. The surgery is scheduled to take place on July 13th. This procedure will hopefully spare Faith from the risks associated with her condition, instead allowing her to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. Faith’s father says, “When I saw the problems that my child has, I was worried that she would never receive treatment. I am hopeful she will receive treatment with your help.”

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