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Success! Edward from Uganda raised $188 to fund mass removal surgery so he can live free of pain.

Edward
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  • $188 raised, $0 to go
$188
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Edward's treatment was fully funded on December 29, 2022.

Photo of Edward post-operation

January 16, 2023

Edward underwent mass removal surgery so he can live free of pain.

Edward had a successful removal of his left-hand lipoma at Nyakibale Hospital. He had initially planned for the removal of both lipoma’s but during surgery, he was unstable and the surgeon opted to remove the one on his hand. He hopes to fully recover and resume his day-to-day activities and when fully stable, have the other lipoma removed.

Edward says “I am so grateful for the funding for the surgeries. I feel better and hope to recover fully.”

Edward had a successful removal of his left-hand lipoma at Nyakibale Hospital. He had initially planned for the removal of both lipoma's but...

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August 15, 2022

Edward is a hardworking builder from Uganda. He is a father of seven children, all of whom are currently in school. He has mastered his craft in making energy-saving stoves, and he uses the income he earns to support his family. When he is not making stoves, he works doing brick-laying jobs. He and his family currently live together in a two-roomed rental house.

For the past ten years, Edward has had a mass on his left hand, and he more recently developed one on the back of his head as well. These swellings are currently causing him to experience headaches and pain on the swollen areas.

Fortunately, Edward traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On August 16th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Edward needs help to raise $188 to fund this procedure.

Edward says, “I hope I will be able to do my activities very well after being operated on.”

Edward is a hardworking builder from Uganda. He is a father of seven children, all of whom are currently in school. He has mastered his craf...

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Edward's Timeline

  • August 15, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 16, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Edward 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.

  • August 17, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Edward's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 29, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Edward's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 16, 2023
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Edward's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Mass Excision (Major)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $188 for Edward'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.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.