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Success! Natukunda from Uganda raised $196 to fund a cyst removal on her ear.

Natukunda
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  • $196 raised, $0 to go
$196
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Natukunda's treatment was fully funded on September 16, 2020.

Photo of Natukunda post-operation

July 30, 2020

Natukunda underwent surgery to remove a cyst on her ear.

Natukunda received a successful excision treatment due to a right ear cyst. She is no longer experiencing pain or disfigurement. This has given her peace of mind that will enable her to resume her studies once schools re-open.

Natukunda says, “I am so thankful because I have been relieved of this condition that had disfigured my ear. I pray that God protects you so that you continue to help many others restore their health. I will resume my studies once school opens after the COVID-19 crisis.”

Natukunda received a successful excision treatment due to a right ear cyst. She is no longer experiencing pain or disfigurement. This has gi...

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July 20, 2020

Natukunda is an 18-year-old student from Uganda. Natukunda is in Senior High Five at Bright Future High School. Her father is a farmer while her mother has some small houses in a village that she rents to raise a little more income for their family and cover basic needs.

Natukunda presented at the hospital with a painful swelling on her right ear, which she has had for three years. She shared that this has caused her discomfort and disfigurement.

Natukunda traveled to our medical partner’s care center hoping to receive treatment. On July 21st, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Natukunda needs help to raise $196 to fund this procedure.

Natukunda says: “I will be very glad when my condition is relieved so that students stop laughing at me and I can continue concentrating on my studies.”

Natukunda is an 18-year-old student from Uganda. Natukunda is in Senior High Five at Bright Future High School. Her father is a farmer while...

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Natukunda's Timeline

  • July 20, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 21, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Natukunda's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 22, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Natukunda 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.

  • July 30, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Natukunda's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 16, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Natukunda's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $196 for Natukunda's treatment
Hospital Fees
$95
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$29
Supplies
$28
Labs
$34
Other
$10
  • 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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