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Success! Nelison from Uganda raised $137 to fund a cyst removal.

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Nelison's treatment was fully funded on August 17, 2022.

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September 1, 2022

Nelison underwent a cyst removal.

Nelison successfully received an excision treatment to heal his ganglion cyst. He can now bend his arm and all his discomfort has been alleviated. Nelison is eager to resume his mechanic occupation and provide for his family, which solely depends on him.

Nelison says, “May God really bless you abundantly and make you live longer to help more people as you’ve helped me.”

Nelison successfully received an excision treatment to heal his ganglion cyst. He can now bend his arm and all his discomfort has been allev...

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April 4, 2022

Nelison is a 40-year-old mechanic from Uganda. He is a father of three daughters and his children are still in school. This is important to him as he was not able to proceed far in school himself as his parents were not able to pay school fees for him. He however later completed a certificate course in mechanics and that has been his source of income. His wife desires to start a business but currently is at home caring for their family.

Since three years ago, Nelison has had a ganglionic cyst on his right wrist. This has hindered his ability to use twist his hand with ease yet his type of work requires him to make multiple twists while repairing vehicles and driving. He had never sought out treatment but when the swell became severe in recent months, he came to Nyakibale Hospital.

On April 5th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Nelison needs help to raise $137 to fund this procedure.

Nelison says “I hope to get well after surgery and continue with driving and in good health so I can provide for my family.”

Nelison is a 40-year-old mechanic from Uganda. He is a father of three daughters and his children are still in school. This is important to ...

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Nelison's Timeline

  • April 4, 2022

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

  • April 5, 2022

    Nelison 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.

  • April 6, 2022

    Nelison's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 17, 2022

    Nelison's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 1, 2022

    Nelison's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Mass Excision (Minor)
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  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $137 for Nelison'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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