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Success! Enid from Uganda raised $137 to fund surgery to remove a debilitating tumor on her arm.

Enid
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$137
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$0
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Fully funded
Enid's treatment was fully funded on December 29, 2022.

Photo of Enid post-operation

January 15, 2023

Enid underwent surgery to remove a debilitating tumor on her arm.

Enid had a successful surgery and her tumor was excised. She is doing well and hopes to fully recover and resume her day-to-day duties with ease. She shared that this was a blessing and she is grateful for all the support offered.

Enid says: “My heart is full of joy and am so happy to see that my problem was solved, I was really worried and was having pain. Thank God that I am now fine.”

Enid had a successful surgery and her tumor was excised. She is doing well and hopes to fully recover and resume her day-to-day duties with ...

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November 7, 2022

Enid is a 48-year-old woman from Uganda. She and her husband are small-scale farmers. She shared that she has been blessed with four children who are in both secondary and primary school.

Four years ago, a pimple-like swelling appeared on her upper medial mid-arm, and has steadily increased in size. The swelling makes Enid feel disfigured, and she no longer wears long-sleeved shirts or blouses. Now she can’t lift anything, and she cannot wash and prepare food. If not treated, she will have persistent swelling and pain.

Enid had not visited any health facility to treat the condition, as she was using herbs to manage the condition. She visited Nyakibale Hospital where she was diagnosed with a lipoma, and excision treatment was recommended to finally help her heal. On November 8th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Enid needs help to raise $137 to fund this procedure.

Enid says “I will be happy after receiving this treatment with your support so that I can live a normal life again with new hope to support my family through farming.”

Enid is a 48-year-old woman from Uganda. She and her husband are small-scale farmers. She shared that she has been blessed with four childre...

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Enid's Timeline

  • November 7, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Enid was submitted by SAFE Program Admin, SAFE Program Admin at African Mission Healthcare.

  • November 8, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Enid 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.

  • November 10, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Enid's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 29, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Enid's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 15, 2023
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Enid's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Mass Excision (Minor)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $137 for Enid'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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