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

Musiime
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  • $188 raised, $0 to go
$188
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Musiime's treatment was fully funded on December 22, 2022.

Photo of Musiime post-operation

January 9, 2023

Musiime underwent mass removal surgery.

Emmanuel had a baker’s cyst that needed excision. Through funding from Watsi, his surgery was successful, and he’s now back home from the hospital in good health. His father is grateful for the funding offered.

Emmanuel’s father says: “I thank you so much for making my son’s health well once again because I was really worried much about how he will grow in such pain.”

Emmanuel had a baker's cyst that needed excision. Through funding from Watsi, his surgery was successful, and he's now back home from the ho...

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November 28, 2022

Musiime is a bright, quiet 4-year-old from Uganda. He is at the top of his class in primary school class two and plans to become a doctor to help others. He is the youngest in his family of four children, with his other brothers in primary and secondary school. Musiime’s father works as a private school teacher, and his mother practices farming, growing crops for their family’s consumption. He loves playing football but is currently unable to play due to a medical condition.

Musiime has been experiencing swelling on the back of his left knee for the past nine months. The mass has grown in size, so his family brought him to our medical partner’s care center for treatment. Fortunately, on November 29th, surgeons will remove the mass. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $188 to fund this procedure.

Musiime’s mother says “It will be my joy seeing my son in good health because he has really cried in pain for a long.”

Musiime is a bright, quiet 4-year-old from Uganda. He is at the top of his class in primary school class two and plans to become a doctor to...

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Musiime's Timeline

  • November 28, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 29, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Musiime 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.

  • November 29, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Musiime's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 22, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Musiime's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 9, 2023
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Musiime's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

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