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Success! Paul from Uganda raised $188 to fund mass removal surgery.

Paul
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  • $188 raised, $0 to go
$188
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Paul's treatment was fully funded on July 9, 2022.

Photo of Paul post-operation

August 17, 2022

Paul underwent mass removal surgery.

Paul had a successful mass removal surgery with our medical partner at Nyakibale Hospital. He is finally free from pain and the discomfort he previously experienced. He hopes to resume work and is so grateful for the support offered.

Paul says “I thank you, donors, for restoring my health because I had no emergency money to help me go through this surgery. Now I will surely be able to work well in the supermarket.”

Paul had a successful mass removal surgery with our medical partner at Nyakibale Hospital. He is finally free from pain and the discomfort h...

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July 4, 2022

Paul is a motivated 27-year-old supermarket attendant who holds a diploma in accounting. He is currently in his first month of employment at a local supermarket in southwestern Uganda. He is the youngest child in a family of 5, and he hopes to start a family of his own when he becomes financially stable.

For the past year, Paul has been experiencing swelling in a sensitive area, which is affecting his life on a day-to-day basis. After seeking medical attention, he was told that his condition requires surgery in order for his symptoms to be eliminated. Paul, however, cannot fund the surgery alone.

Fortunately, he traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On July 5th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Paul needs help to raise $188 to fund this procedure.

Paul says, “I hope to get the surgery and continue doing my job in good health.”

Paul is a motivated 27-year-old supermarket attendant who holds a diploma in accounting. He is currently in his first month of employment at...

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Paul's Timeline

  • July 4, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 5, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Paul 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.

  • July 8, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Paul's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 9, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Paul's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 17, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Paul's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

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Funded by 1 donor

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Treatment
Mass Excision (Major)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $188 for Paul's treatment
Hospital Fees
$43
Medical Staff
$32
Medication
$12
Supplies
$45
Labs
$30
Other
$26
  • 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.

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 to the hospital for three days. For major masses, the patient is operated under general anaesthesia and depending on the mass location and whether it is malignant or not, the surgery is approximately 3-5 hours long. After surgery, patients are continuously monitored in the hospital ward to ensure proper healing.

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 classified as highly 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 surgical 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 this region. If the tumor is benign, it depends on the condition but monitoring the mass would be one option.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.