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Success! Vincent from Kenya raised $554 to fund surgery to remove a scalp mass.

Vincent
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  • $554 raised, $0 to go
$554
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Vincent's treatment was fully funded on July 11, 2020.

Photo of Vincent post-operation

July 10, 2020

Vincent underwent surgery to remove a scalp mass.

Vincent’s surgery was successful! He has been relieved of the pain he was experiencing and feels so happy that he is able to perform his daily activities with ease. Once fully recovered, his quality of life will significantly improve.

Vincent shared, “I’m so thankful for the treatment that I have received and may God bless Watsi for the support.”

Vincent’s surgery was successful! He has been relieved of the pain he was experiencing and feels so happy that he is able to perform his dai...

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June 29, 2020

Vincent is a 20-year-old and the third born in a family of 10 children. Vincent harvests Khat to make a living but is currently not working due to the COVID-19 pandemic. His parents are small-scale farmers who plant maize, beans, and potatoes. They sell the surplus for additional income.

Four months ago, Vincent began to experience a painful scalp lesion that was increasing in size. His doctor recommends an excision of the scalp mass to ensure that the pain and pressure he is experiencing do not worsen. Fortunately our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, can help. Now, our medical partner is requesting $554 to help fund the cost of the surgery.

Vincent shared,’’ I will be appreciative if given any financial support.’’

Vincent is a 20-year-old and the third born in a family of 10 children. Vincent harvests Khat to make a living but is currently not working ...

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Vincent's Timeline

  • June 29, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 29, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Vincent's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 30, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Vincent received treatment at Maua Methodist 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.

  • July 10, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Vincent's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • July 11, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Vincent's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $554 for Vincent's treatment
Hospital Fees
$410
Medical Staff
$2
Medication
$19
Supplies
$103
Labs
$20
  • 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 (non-cancerous) and malignant (cancerous). 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 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 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?

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 monitoring the mass would be one option.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.