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Prayer from Uganda raised $188 to fund mass removal surgery so she can resume her studies.

Prayer
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  • $188 raised, $0 to go
$188
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Prayer's treatment was fully funded on January 5, 2023.
February 1, 2023

Prayer has not yet undergone surgery.

Our medical partner shared an update that Prayer’s surgery was cancelled. The medical team wants her first to have a biopsy so they can plan the best course of treatment. We hope you can support another patient in need and we will reshare Prayer’s case if she returns for treatment. Thank you!

Our medical partner shared an update that Prayer's surgery was cancelled. The medical team wants her first to have a biopsy so they can plan...

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November 8, 2022

Prayer is a bright 10-year-old student from Uganda. She is in primary school in grade five. Prayer loves playing netball, and she is very active in her church’s events. Prayer is the youngest of eight children, and her siblings are also studying in school. Her parents are small-scale farmers, with their produce primarily used for family consumption.

Prayer has been experiencing swelling in her submandibular glands, which is a gland located beneath the floor of the mouth. Recently, her symptoms have worsened, and the pain makes it challenging for her to eat. Prayer is also unable to attend school due to this condition, which is impacting her ability to complete her school term. Prayer was referred to our medical partner’s care center for review, where doctors diagnosed her condition as macrocystic lymphatic lymphangioma and determined she will need to undergo surgery to heal

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), can help. On November 8th, surgeons will remove the mass. AMH is requesting $188 to fund this procedure.

Prayer’s mother says, “I will be happy when my daughter is treated for this condition and she becomes normal again. I believe that she will go back to school after treatment.”

Prayer is a bright 10-year-old student from Uganda. She is in primary school in grade five. Prayer loves playing netball, and she is very ac...

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Prayer's Timeline

  • November 8, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Prayer was submitted by SAFE Program Admin, SAFE Program Admin at African Mission Healthcare.

  • November 8, 2022
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Prayer was scheduled to receive 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 11, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Prayer's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 1, 2023
    FUNDING ENDED

    Prayer is no longer raising funds.

  • February 1, 2023
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Prayer's treatment did not happen. 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 Prayer'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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Nashon

Nashon is a farmer, a husband, and a father of one. He grows potatoes while his wife is a hair salonist. Nashon dropped out of school in grade 8 because of lack of funds at home. The young family is hardworking but since Nashon fractured his leg, he hasn’t been able to work in his farm and he is relied on as the breadwinner of his family. His wife says “It has not been easy for me since he broke his leg. I have to work extra hard to feed my family since he is the pillar of our family.” Their family lives in a single room house with grass as its roof. One month ago, Nashon experienced a severe road traffic accident that costed him a right tibia fracture. Nashon was a passenger in a motorbike which lost control and clenched into a ditch. He sustained an open fracture in his right leg. He was rushed to Kapsowar Hospital where he needed emergency surgery to clean his wounds. He was discharged with a cast to recover at home. Three weeks later, Nashon returned to hospital for a normal checkup. During the visit, It was recognized that his fracture had not healed and he needs a surgery to heal and stabilize a broken bone. Nashon is unable to use his leg, work, and provide for his family. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. If Nashon undergoes a fracture repair procedure called an open reduction and internal fixation, Nashon will be able to use his leg, work and provide for his family. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1145 to fund this procedure. Nashon says, "It has been hard to carry out my normal duties especially going to my farm. I look forward to getting well so that I can support my family.”

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$433raised
$712to go

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