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Success! Martha from Uganda raised $137 to fund mass excision surgery.

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Martha's treatment was fully funded on December 21, 2021.

Photo of Martha post-operation

February 22, 2022

Martha underwent mass excision surgery and had a bright future ahead.

Martha’s cyst removal was a success!

Our medical partner was so happy to share that surgeons successfully excised the sebaceous cyst near Martha’s left eye. Her family was relieved to see her doing so well after her procedure, and are grateful to have the fear of future complications reduced. With this treatment, Martha will be able to start school, play with her friends, and grow up without having to worry about her condition worsening. Martha’s family is grateful for the support!

Martha had a big smile heading home and her mother shared, “I am now relieved that my child has been treated and I hope that she will be able to concentrate in school like other children.”

Martha's cyst removal was a success! Our medical partner was so happy to share that surgeons successfully excised the sebaceous cyst nea...

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December 6, 2021

Martha is a joyful four-year-old girl from Western Uganda. Her mother sells vegetables, while her father works as a taxi driver. She loves acting, and her mother shared that when she is playing with other children, she likes to pretend to be a mother taking care of others. She has not yet started school due to the pandemic.

Two years ago, Martha developed swelling near her left eye. Her mother thought it would go away on its own, but the swollen area has been gradually growing. Martha experiences headaches and her mother is worried about her.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Martha receive treatment. After she was examined at AMH’s care center, she was diagnosed with a sebaceous cyst, or a noncancerous cyst of the skin. On December 8th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Martha and her family need help raising $137 to fund her procedure and care.

Martha’s mother shared, “I am worried that without treatment, the mass will disfigure her face and cover her eye. Please support her surgery.”

Martha is a joyful four-year-old girl from Western Uganda. Her mother sells vegetables, while her father works as a taxi driver. She loves a...

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Martha's Timeline

  • December 6, 2021

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

  • December 13, 2021

    Martha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 21, 2021

    Martha's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 5, 2022

    Martha 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.

  • February 22, 2022

    Martha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Mass Excision (Minor)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $137 for Martha's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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, even 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 (including certain skin cancers, for example) there could be great tissue destruction, pain, deformity, and ultimately death. For non-cancerous masses, they could be disfiguring and painful.

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

Due to a 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 to the hospital for one day to prepare for their surgery. For a minor mass excision, the patient is operated under local anaesthesia and based on the location, the surgery may be 1-2 hours long. The patient is then monitored and discharged on the same day of surgery if no concerns arise.

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 considered high risk.

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 in Uganda. If the tumor is benign, it depends on the condition but just watching the mass would be one option.

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John is a hawker (the local name for a street vendor) from Kenya. He has six children all under the age of 18 years. His wife helps at home and John is the family's sole breadwinner. Lately, due to his condition, John has been unable to work. He has no alternate source of income, and shared that he is struggling to raise his family. John first started experiencing a loss of appetite and stomach pain in April 2022. He visited a local health center and was treated for stomach aches, but his condition did not improve. He later started having episodes of diarrhea and has lost a significant amount of weight. He also has been experiencing bleeding that has caused him anemia. As a result, he has had several blood transfusions and hospital admissions. Recently, a biopsy at Kijabe Hospital revealed that John has colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is a disease in which cells in the colon grow out of control. At the current stage, his doctors feel the cancer can be stopped surgically from spreading. However, the procedure has to be done as soon as possible because it is urgent. He is now scheduled to undergo surgery and needs support. Unfortunately, John does not have medical coverage and cannot afford the surgery. He is requesting financial assistance to support the $1,074 needed for his medical care. John says, “I cannot eat, and I have lost a lot of weight. I have had several blood transfusions because of bleeding. I need this surgery to help fight the cancer.”

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