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Success! Doreen from Uganda raised $188 to fund mass excision surgery so she can live comfortably.

Doreen
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$188
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Fully funded
Doreen's treatment was fully funded on June 14, 2022.

Photo of Doreen post-operation

June 21, 2022

Doreen underwent mass excision surgery so she can live comfortably.

Doreen had her fibroma removed safely at Nyakibale Hospital and was discharged home finally feeling well again. She is grateful for the help offered and plans on resuming her day-to-day life.

Doreen says: “I call this a blessing and am so glad to see that it came my way. May the Lord bless you for every effort you invest in to make my surgery possible.”

Doreen had her fibroma removed safely at Nyakibale Hospital and was discharged home finally feeling well again. She is grateful for the help...

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February 28, 2022

Doreen is a 29-year-old farmer from Southwestern Uganda. She is married and a mother to two children, including a daughter and a son who are both in primary school. She and her husband both work as farmers for a living, and supplement their farming income by working on other people’s farms. The family lives in a room in Doreen’s father-in-law’s home.

Eight months ago, Doreen developed a painful mass on her chest. She feels a sense of heaviness, and often tires quickly. She also experiences pain and has difficulty sleeping.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Doreen receive treatment. On March 1st, surgeons at AMH’s care center will remove the mass. Now, Doreen needs help raising $188 to fund her procedure and care.

Doreen shared, “I hope when I get a chance to undergo the surgery under your support, this mass will be removed and my life will get back to normal.”

Doreen is a 29-year-old farmer from Southwestern Uganda. She is married and a mother to two children, including a daughter and a son who are...

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Doreen's Timeline

  • February 28, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Doreen was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • March 2, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Doreen's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 15, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Doreen 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.

  • June 14, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Doreen's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 21, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Doreen's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

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