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Success! Akankunda from Uganda raised $196 to fund a mass excision so she can use her hand more easily.

Akankunda
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  • $196 raised, $0 to go
$196
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Akankunda's treatment was fully funded on May 24, 2021.

Photo of Akankunda post-operation

June 15, 2021

Akankunda underwent a mass excision so she can use her hand more easily.

Akankunda successfully underwent an excision to treat a cyst lipoma. She is now able to move and use her arm easily, as the surgery relieved her from further complications and pain.

Akankunda says, “As a student, I was burdened yet my parents could not afford the cost of the surgery. I will be able to continue with school since am in senior five to achieve my ambition of being a doctor in future.”

Akankunda successfully underwent an excision to treat a cyst lipoma. She is now able to move and use her arm easily, as the surgery relieved...

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May 10, 2021

Akankunda is a student majoring in biology, chemistry, and mathematics and hopes to pursue a career in medicine. For the past 10 years, she has had a swelling on her wrist. Recently the swelling became painful, affecting her hand’s utility. She was reviewed by a surgeon at Nyakibale Hospital who recommended to excise the swollen mass, as she is unable to easily use her left hand.

On May 11th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Akankunda’s family needs help to raise $196 to fund this procedure.

Akankunda says: “I really believe that once I get your support, I will be able to undergo surgery so that I can have a functional hand and resume my studies.”

Akankunda is a student majoring in biology, chemistry, and mathematics and hopes to pursue a career in medicine. For the past 10 years, she ...

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Akankunda's Timeline

  • May 10, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Akankunda was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • May 13, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Akankunda's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 24, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Akankunda's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 25, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Akankunda 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.

  • June 15, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Akankunda's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $196 for Akankunda's treatment
Hospital Fees
$95
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$29
Supplies
$28
Labs
$34
Other
$10
  • 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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