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Success! Jonah from Kenya raised $1,196 to fund mass removal surgery.

Jonah
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$1,196
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$0
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Fully funded
Jonah's treatment was fully funded on May 15, 2022.

Photo of Jonah post-operation

May 18, 2022

Jonah underwent mass removal surgery.

Before he was treated, Jonah felt self-conscious going out in public because people would stare at him. The mass removal surgery was successful, and Jonah will come for follow-ups for sutures removal and then continue with his normal life.

Jonah believes that this was an opportunity in life he has been waiting for so long. He is now happy that he can live a happy and free life. He says, “I am very happy with the outcome of the surgery, and now I have hopes to get a job and perhaps pursue more education.”

Before he was treated, Jonah felt self-conscious going out in public because people would stare at him. The mass removal surgery was succes...

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February 13, 2022

Meet Jonah, a 31-year-old quiet man. Jonah is the 2nd eldest in a family of three. His siblings and him were raised by a single mother who makes a modest living as a farmer. Earlier, Jonah left secondary school studies to find work to help support his family.

Jonah has a history of a growing cheek mass that has recently increased in size. Jonah’s condition is uncomfortable and often causes people to stare, which Jonah finds upsetting and is impacting his self esteem. Jonah received a scan of his cheek at AIC Kapsowar Hospital and was subsequently diagnosed with a submandibular tumor. Doctors recommended that the mass be removed and the procedure is scheduled for February 14th.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare is helping Jonah raise the $1,196 he needs to undergo this life altering surgery.

Jonah shared, “I have waited for this moment in my life for so long. My mother has tried to take me to so many hospitals but we lacked means because they requested too much from us.”

Meet Jonah, a 31-year-old quiet man. Jonah is the 2nd eldest in a family of three. His siblings and him were raised by a single mother who m...

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Jonah's Timeline

  • February 13, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Jonah was submitted by Beatrice Njoroge, Curative Medical Support Program Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • February 14, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Jonah received treatment at AIC Kapsowar Hospital in Kenya. 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 15, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Jonah's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 15, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Jonah's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 18, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Jonah's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 29 donors

Treatment
Benign Mass Excision- Major
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,196 for Jonah's treatment
Hospital Fees
$578
Medical Staff
$3
Medication
$71
Supplies
$293
Labs
$83
Radiology
$7
Other
$161
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Mass symptoms vary depending on the type of tumour. Not all tumours - cancerous or benign - show symptoms. A common benign tumour, such as a lipoma (fatty tumour), may cause local pressure and pain or maybe disfiguring and socially stigmatizing. Broadly, masses come in two types: benign (not cancer) and malignant (cancer). The types of tumours are many and could range from osteosarcoma of the jaw (a bone tumour) to thyroid enlargement to breast lump to fibroma (benign fat tumour), among others.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

If the tumour 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. If benign, it is often disfiguring, may cause pressure and pain and is socially stigmatizing.

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

Because there are so many different kinds of masses, it is difficult to pinpoint certain cultural and/or regional causes.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

The patient will generally stay in the hospital for 5-7 days after surgery, and return for a checkup after few weeks.

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 tumours, patients can be free of pain, resume daily activities, and be free from social stigma.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

In mass excision, if the tumour 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 in Africa.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

It depends on the type of tumour. If the tumour is cancerous, chemotherapy may help, but that treatment is even less available than surgery. If the tumour is benign, it depends on the condition - but just watching the mass over time would be one option.

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