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Success! Baraka from Tanzania raised $724 to fund removal of a growing mass on his cheek.

Baraka
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  • $724 raised, $0 to go
$724
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Baraka's treatment was fully funded on December 1, 2020.

Photo of Baraka post-operation

December 6, 2020

Baraka underwent removal of a mass on his cheek.

Baraka had a successful surgery that has removed the mass that was growing on his left check causing him pain and discomfort. Through this surgery Baraka is no longer in pain and he is able to chew well again. He is also able to sleep soundly and wake up full energy.

Baraka’s father says, “We are very happy to see our son all healed up and with a big smile on his face. Thank you very much for helping change our son’s life and saving him from the suffering he was going through.”

Baraka had a successful surgery that has removed the mass that was growing on his left check causing him pain and discomfort. Through this s...

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September 24, 2020

Baraka is a young boy from Tanzania. He is friendly and playful, and is the fifth born in a family of six children. Baraka has not had a chance to join school due to his parent’s financial challenges. Only three of his older siblings have been able to join school. His parents depend on small-scale farming to be able to support their family through the growing of maize, beans and vegetables. Baraka’s father also seeks manual labor jobs to be able to make an extra income and supplement with the harvest they are able to grow.

In 2016, Baraka had a small swelling on his left cheek which has been increasing in size over the years. At first in never used to be painful and his parents thought it would disappear with time. But as days went by it has kept increasing in size and Baraka has started complaining of pain. He struggles to sleep at times and even chewing has now become very challenging for Baraka.

Baraka’s family traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On September 25th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, their family needs help to raise $724 to fund this procedure.

Baraka’s father shared, “Financial challenges have been the cause of us not being able to treat our son and his condition is worsening each day, please help us.”

Baraka is a young boy from Tanzania. He is friendly and playful, and is the fifth born in a family of six children. Baraka has not had a cha...

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Baraka's Timeline

  • September 24, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 25, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Baraka's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 26, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Baraka received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC) in Tanzania. 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 1, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Baraka's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 6, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Baraka's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 18 donors

Funded by 18 donors

Treatment
Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $724 for Baraka's treatment
Hospital Fees
$577
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$11
Supplies
$49
Labs
$52
Other
$35
  • 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?

There are so many different kinds of masses so it is difficult to state what the significance is.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

The process depends on the location of the mass and whether it is cancerous or benign.

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.