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Lowasa from Tanzania raised $920 for treatment of severe burn damage on his skin.

Lowasa
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  • $920 raised, $0 to go
$920
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$0
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Fully funded
Lowasa's treatment was fully funded on April 1, 2016.

Photo of Lowasa post-operation

June 15, 2016

Lowasa underwent successful burn treatment.

Lowasa is doing well. The growing keloid on his chest was successfully removed and skin grafting was also done. Lowasa continues with daily wound dressing changes, and he is also under observation if he will need another skin grafting. Complete recovery will prevent Lowasa from experiencing intense itchiness and the keloid will no longer continue to grow on his chest.

“Lowasa’s parents are still hopeful that their son will get better,” his medical team explains. “They hope their son will be able to properly attend school.”

Lowasa is doing well. The growing keloid on his chest was successfully removed and skin grafting was also done. Lowasa continues with daily ...

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March 29, 2016

A couple years ago, seven-year-old Lowasa was playing in his home in Tanzania when he fell into an open fire. “The material of his clothes that he was wearing quickly caught fire and he incurred severe burns,” our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), explains.

After being rushed to the hospital, Lowasa’s burns on his chest were treated and have since healed. Because of the skin damage he sustained from the burns, he developed a keloid on his chest, which is a build up of extra scar tissue where the skin has healed after injury.

“If not treated, the growing keloid will eventually take over his whole chest,” AMHF explains. The keloid is very itchy, causing Lowasa to scratch it and create small open wounds.

To treat his condition, Lowasa will have the keloid surgically removed and will need injections of steroids and fluorouacil (an ointment for his skin). It will cost, in total, $920. After treatment, Lowasa will no longer feel uncomfortable due to his condition, and will have a much smaller scar.

As the third born in a family of four children, Lowasa’s parents are worried what will happen to their son. He loves school, and his parents hope that he can return after treatment.

“The best thing I can do for my children is to take them to school,” Lowasa’s father shares with us. “I will be happy for Lowasa to go to school without frequent interruptions of having to go to the hospital.”

A couple years ago, seven-year-old Lowasa was playing in his home in Tanzania when he fell into an open fire. "The material of his clothes t...

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Lowasa's Timeline

  • March 29, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Lowasa was submitted by Esupat Kimerei, Rehab Surgery Project Assistant Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • March 30, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lowasa received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC) in Tanzania. 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.

  • April 1, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lowasa's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 1, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lowasa's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 15, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Lowasa. Read the update.

Funded by 18 donors

Funded by 18 donors

Treatment
Mass Excision
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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?

There are so many different kinds of masses so it is difficult to state what the significance is.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The process 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 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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