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Bitwire is a small scale farmer from Uganda who needs $187 to fund a mass removal.

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November 30, 2019

Bitwire is a small scale farmer from Uganda. She is married with four children who are all still in school. Bitwire and her husband are both small scale farmers. Together with the husband they grow crops like maize, millet, sorghum, groundnuts however they are of little demand thus affecting their economic status. They toil hard to get tuition for their children to go to school. Their first born is studying medicine at university but it has been alot of sacrifice on the part of Bitwire and her husband to ensure they can pay tuition.

Bitwire presents with painful swollen mass on the left medial aspect of the right arm for one year. It has made her unable to lift her arm making her unable to work on her farm.

Bitwire traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On December 03, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Bitwire needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure.

Bitwire says, “I hope to get better after surgery I continue with farming for the survival of my family.”

Bitwire is a small scale farmer from Uganda. She is married with four children who are all still in school. Bitwire and her husband are both...

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Bitwire's Timeline

  • November 17, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Bitwire received treatment at Karoli Lwanga Hospital, Nyakibale. 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.

  • November 30, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 01, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Bitwire's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 10, 2020
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Bitwire's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Bitwire is currently raising funds for her treatment.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $187 for Bitwire's treatment
Hospital Fees
$96
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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