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Success! Paulo from Tanzania raised $689 to fund a mass removal procedure.

Paulo
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  • $689 raised, $0 to go
$689
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Paulo's treatment was fully funded on May 1, 2018.

Photo of Paulo post-operation

April 11, 2018

Paulo underwent a mass removal procedure.

Though he is still recovering, Paulo is dong well after treatment. The mass has been removed, and he is no longer in pain.

Paulo says, “I am very thankful and happy to receive treatment, I am doing very well and so eager to join my family again after I am fully recovered so that I can continue with farming.”

Though he is still recovering, Paulo is dong well after treatment. The mass has been removed, and he is no longer in pain. Paulo says, “...

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March 4, 2018

Paulo is a farmer from Tanzania. He lives with his parents and siblings. His parents are farmers, cultivating maize and groundnuts.

Paulo has keloid growths on his neck, back, and right hand. They cause him discomfort and pain. Doctors plan to surgically remove the keloids and follow up with steroid injections to ensure that they do not return.

Paulo traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On March 5, surgeons will remove the keloids. Now, Paulo needs help to raise $689 to fund this procedure.

“I would like to continue with my farming and one day get married,” Paulo says.

Paulo is a farmer from Tanzania. He lives with his parents and siblings. His parents are farmers, cultivating maize and groundnuts. Paul...

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Paulo's Timeline

  • March 4, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Paulo was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • March 05, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Paulo received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC). 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.

  • March 06, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Paulo's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 11, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Paulo's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • May 01, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Paulo's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 15 donors

Funded by 15 donors

Treatment
Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $689 for Paulo's treatment
Hospital Fees
$577
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$11
Supplies
$49
Labs
$52
  • 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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Nwe

Nwe is a 36-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her family in Thingangkuun Township in Yangon Division. Nwe works as a seamstress at home while her husband works in a factory. In her free time, Nwe likes to play with her nephew who lives close by and also loves to watch movies at home. Nwe was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, Nwe experiences tiredness especially when she walks for longer periods of time. If she feels tired, she also experiences heart palpitations. Sometimes, she also suffers from dizziness. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Nwe. The treatment is scheduled to take place on March 24th and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. Nwe shared, “I feel stressed about my condition. I am afraid to have surgery but there is no other option. I hope that after I have fully recovered from my surgery, I will be able to work as seamstress again.” Nwe’s husband is also worried for her and he has had to take time off from work to accompany her to all her appointments. He said, “I get paid daily for my work and if I do not work regularly then I have less income. Before, we were able to save some money from our work but since my wife was diagnosed with a heart problem and started to see the doctor for tests and medications, we can no longer save any money.”

88% funded

88%funded
$1,331raised
$169to go

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