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Mary is a catholic nun from Uganda who needs $187 to fund a mass removal.

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January 21, 2020

Mary is a catholic nun from Uganda. Mary came with complaints of pain around her scapular area, which has been quite uncomfortable. She has been in and out of the hospital with the same challenge but has not been successfully treated. She came to our facility and was diagnosed with suprascapular lipoma, which requires surgery.

Mary is not able to raise the funds needed for the surgery. She has 8 siblings and being the firstborn child, she bears some of the burdens of educating her younger siblings. She is not able to consolidate a sufficient amount of money to meet the cost of surgery and so appeals for financial assistance. 

On January 22nd, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Mary needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure.

Mary says, “I hope to get fine after my surgery!”

Mary is a catholic nun from Uganda. Mary came with complaints of pain around her scapular area, which has been quite uncomfortable. She has ...

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Mary's Timeline

  • January 21, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Mary was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • January 22, 2020
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Mary was scheduled to receive 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.

  • January 23, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mary's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Mary is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Mary's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.

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Treatment
Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $187 for Mary'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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