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Success! Kyarisiima from Uganda raised $206 to fund a surgery that will remove a mass on her neck.

Kyarisiima
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  • $206 raised, $0 to go
$206
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Kyarisiima's treatment was fully funded on December 24, 2020.

Photo of Kyarisiima post-operation

July 10, 2020

Kyarisiima underwent a surgery to remove a mass on her neck.

Kyarisiima had a successful excision treatment. She has been relieved of any disfigurement and is doing very well. She is no longer experiencing pain and discomfort, and is all smiles. She will be able to live a happy and healthy life as she continues her work of selling food stuffs at the market.

Kyarisiima shared, “I am so fortunate to have been relieved of this condition, I feel free. This would not have been possible without your support. I will continue selling food stuffs in the market once I fully recover.”

Kyarisiima had a successful excision treatment. She has been relieved of any disfigurement and is doing very well. She is no longer experien...

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June 22, 2020

Kyarisiima is a trader from Uganda. She is a mother to five children who are all still in school. She earns a living from her small business selling groceries, such as tomatoes, onions and green papers. She and her husband live in a small house with two rooms.

Kyarisiima has experienced swelling on the right side of her neck for over seven years. She has difficulty bending over to wash, swallowing, and reports that her throat gets easily irritated.

She recently traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. Fortunately, on June 22, her surgeons will remove the mass. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is asking for $206 to fund this procedure.

Kyarisiima shared, “I hope to get treated and get rid of this disfigurement. I will resume my business once I am healthy again.”

Kyarisiima is a trader from Uganda. She is a mother to five children who are all still in school. She earns a living from her small business...

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Kyarisiima's Timeline

  • June 22, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 22, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kyarisiima's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 24, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kyarisiima 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.

  • July 10, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kyarisiima's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 24, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kyarisiima's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $206 for Kyarisiima's treatment
Hospital Fees
$115
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$29
Supplies
$28
Labs
$34
  • 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?

Due to 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 for three days. They undergo three- to five-hour surgery depending on the location of the mass and whether it's cancerous. After surgery, they are continuously monitored in the wards.

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.