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Turyahebwa is a woman from Uganda who needs $196 to fund mass removal surgery.

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August 20, 2018

Turyahebwa is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. She is married with five children, all of whom are studying in primary school. She and her husband plant crops such as cassava, groundnuts, millet, sorghum, and beans.

For the past 16 years, Turyahebwa has had a growing mass in a sensitive area. This has restricted her movement because the pain is radiating into her left leg, making it difficult for her to walk.

Turyahebwa traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On August 21, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Turyahebwa needs help to raise $196 to fund this procedure.

Turyahebwa says, “I will be glad to have a relief of this painful and discomforting condition after surgery and I continue with cultivation to cater for my family.”

Turyahebwa is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. She is married with five children, all of whom are studying in primary school. She and her h...

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Turyahebwa's Timeline

  • August 20, 2018

    Turyahebwa was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare Foundation, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • August 20, 2018

    Turyahebwa's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 21, 2018

    Turyahebwa received treatment at Holy Family Virika Hospital. 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.

  • September 13, 2018

    Awaiting Turyahebwa's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare Foundation.


    Turyahebwa is currently raising funds for her treatment.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $196 for Turyahebwa'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 tumour), 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 tissue destruction, pain, deformity, and ultimately death.

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

Some of these patients have lived with potentially disfiguring or uncomfortable swellings for years.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

This treatment 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, discomfort, 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 the 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?

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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