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Success! Mark from Uganda raised $284 to fund a curative laparotomy so he can return to his studies.

Mark
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  • $284 raised, $0 to go
$284
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Mark's treatment was fully funded on October 25, 2022.

Photo of Mark post-operation

December 1, 2022

Mark underwent a curative surgery so he can return to his studies.

Mark had a successful curative laparotomy which was successful, and he has already shown big improvement. His parents thank all the donors for not getting tired of assisting their son financially because they could not have afforded to take care of the hospital bills.

Mark says, “I thank God that I am now feeling better after a second surgery in a short time gap. I thank my parents for their continued support and care. I thank the donors because my parents could not have afforded the surgeries. I want to get back to school as soon as possible.”

Mark had a successful curative laparotomy which was successful, and he has already shown big improvement. His parents thank all the donors f...

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October 3, 2022

Mark is a 19-year-old student from Uganda. He is in secondary school and preparing for his final exams this year. Mark is the oldest child of six and enjoys spending time with his family when he is not studying. Mark’s father makes and sells charcoal, and his mother is a small-scale farmer.

Mark has been experiencing troubling symptoms, including lower abdominal pains and vomiting. In August, Mark underwent a curative laparotomy to treat a rupture. Although the surgery went well, his symptoms began to reappear a month later. Mark has been diagnosed with acute abdomen and needs to undergo surgery to prevent his symptoms from worsening.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Mark receive treatment. On October 3rd, he will undergo a curative laparotomy to remove cancerous tissue. AMH is requesting $297 to help fund Mark’s procedure.

Mark shared, “All I pray for is to live a normal life once again. I pray for a successful surgery so that I may finally be able to resume school and be in a better position to do my final exams.”

Mark is a 19-year-old student from Uganda. He is in secondary school and preparing for his final exams this year. Mark is the oldest child o...

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Mark's Timeline

  • October 3, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Mark was submitted by Ruth Kanyeria, SAFE Program Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • October 3, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mark received treatment at Rushoroza Hospital 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.

  • October 3, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mark's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 25, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mark's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 1, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mark's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Curative Laporotomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $284 for Mark's treatment
Hospital Fees
$179
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$25
Supplies
$46
Labs
$20
Other
$14
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

The symptoms would vary depending on the condition being treated. Most curative laparotomies are done for tumors or infections. Patients will have pain, weight loss, fever, and abdominal fullness. A curative laparotomy could address a range of abdominal conditions, such as an ovarian tumor, stomach cancer, liver cancer, cholecystitis, abscess, and others.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

It depends on the nature of the condition, but most curative laparotomies at Watsi's Medical Partner AMH Care Centers are done for tumors or infections. Patients will have pain, weight loss, fever, and abdominal fullness.

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

Dependent on the exact condition. Stomach ulcers, ovarian tumors, and cancer are increasingly becoming common in Africa.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Surgery lasts around three hours with the patient being discharged home after 3 days. They are continuously monitored in the hospital wards.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

The procedure is done with the intent of removing the pathology and curing the condition.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Medium surgical risk, overall, the risk of surgery is less than the risk of doing nothing. If the condition is cancer and caught early enough, it is treatable. If the condition is benign, such as cholecystitis, then the laparotomy is curative.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

There are few quality hospitals with adequate resources and expertise to treat most of the conditions that could be diagnosed by a laparotomy.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

For most abdominal tumors there is no alternative to removing them.

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