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Success! Elizabeth from Uganda raised $333 to fund a thyroidectomy.

Elizabeth
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$333
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Fully funded
Elizabeth's treatment was fully funded on December 16, 2021.

Photo of Elizabeth post-operation

October 13, 2021

Elizabeth underwent a thyroidectomy.

Elizabeth had a successful surgery at our partner Rushoroza Hospital that helped remove her swollen thyroid. She hopes that now she’ll be able to continue singing comfortably in church and live a better, more active life. This treatment has helped relieve her of her airway obstruction that had become a very problematic and worrisome for her.

Elizabeth says, “I finally feel normal again. I thank the donor program and Rushoroza hospital for restoring my hope through this surgery. May God bless and reward you. I will continue searching for a professional job to be able to develop myself and my family.”

Elizabeth had a successful surgery at our partner Rushoroza Hospital that helped remove her swollen thyroid. She hopes that now she'll be ab...

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September 13, 2021

Elizabeth is a 23-year-old small scale farmer. She is single and the third born child in a family of 11 children. Her parents work as small farmers and she lives with them in a four room semi-permanent house. She has a certificate in primary school teaching, but unfortunately has not been able to secure a job due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

After an accident in 2018, Elizabeth began experiencing troubling symptoms, including a swollen neck. Her symptoms did not improve with medication and she currently experiences severe pain during cold weather and difficulty breathing. She has also been unable to sing, something she enjoys, due to her condition. She has been diagnosed with a nontoxic goiter and surgery was recommended to treat her condition.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Elizabeth receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on September 14th at AMH’s care center where surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $333 and she and her family need help raising money.

Elizabeth shared, “I pray for a successful surgery because my social life has been greatly affected by my condition. I will continue searching for a teaching job so that I can develop myself and my family.”

Elizabeth is a 23-year-old small scale farmer. She is single and the third born child in a family of 11 children. Her parents work as small ...

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Elizabeth's Timeline

  • September 13, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 14, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Elizabeth received treatment at Rushoroza Hospital 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.

  • September 19, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Elizabeth's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 13, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Elizabeth's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 16, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Elizabeth's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 14 donors

Funded by 14 donors

Treatment
Thyroidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $333 for Elizabeth's treatment
Hospital Fees
$233
Medical Staff
$12
Medication
$9
Supplies
$51
Labs
$12
Other
$16
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Patients in need of a thyroidectomy often present with a small thyroid growth (nodule or cyst), a thyroid gland that is so overactive it is dangerous (thyrotoxicosis), cancer of the thyroid, noncancerous (benign) tumors of the thyroid that are causing symptoms, or thyroid swelling (nontoxic goiter) that makes it hard to breathe or swallow. Patients in need of thyroid surgery often present with nervousness, anxiety, rapid heartbeat, hand tremor, excessive sweating, weight loss, and sleep problems, among other symptoms.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

The thyroid gland is an organ located in the front of your neck that releases hormones that control your metabolism (the way your body uses energy), breathing, heart rate, nervous system, weight, body temperature, and many other functions in the body. When the thyroid gland is overactive (hyperthyroidism) the body’s processes speed up and you may experience nervousness, anxiety, rapid heartbeat, hand tremor, excessive sweating, weight loss, and sleep problems, among other symptoms.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Thyroid disorders are relatively common in the African continent. Iodine deficiency, although still the commonly documented cause of thyroid disorders in Africa, is not as rampant as it used to be. There is a compelling need to set up thyroid disorder registries in order to determine not only the scope of the burden of these disorders, but also to document changing trends, if any, especially given the background of widespread iodization programs. Thyroid cancer is the most common endocrine cancer, and its incidence has continuously increased in the last three decades all over the world. This trend is present on every continent except Africa, where detection is possibly insufficient.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Thyroid surgery takes approximately 3-8 hours depending on the patient. Patients will stay in the hospital for a maximum of 6-8 weeks or as needed for recovery. A patient will usually have one follow-up appointment in six weeks.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

In cases involving thyroid cancer, the surgery is the patient’s best chance of preventing the spread of cancer and saving the patient’s life. For hyperthyroidism, the treatment helps stabilize the hormones that regulate metabolism and effectively treat some of the symptoms that the patient presents with such as rapid heartbeat and anxiety.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Thyroid surgery is often 90% curative if diagnosis happens early. For benign tumors and hyperthyroidism, the surgery is more than 90% curative. The surgery comes with few risks.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

There are few quality care centers in the region. Hospitals lack adequate resources and expertise to treat this condition.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Surgery is the only treatment offered for thyroid cancer and hyperthyroidism. This is because radiotherapy and medication alternatives are not easily accessible in the county. Also, the cost of treating with radiotherapy and medication is higher than that of surgery.

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Loy is a 46-year-old small scale farmer and a strong mother to her five children who range from the ages of 21 to 11 years old. Due to difficult finances and lack of resources, all of Loy's children have received a partial primary school education at various levels. Loy and her husband earn their income by farming, and their family lives together in a four-room mud house for shelter. Four months ago, Loy began experiencing severe lower abdominal pains that have caused her many sleepless nights. She believes that her uterus is very weak because she had a number of complicated deliveries when she gave birth to her children. She visited a doctor in March and was given temporary medication to help ease the pain and discomfort. Months later, she can now no longer sleep comfortably, and has had to completely stop farming due to the pain. Loy has been diagnosed with chronic pelvic inflammatory disease and needs to undergo a hysterectomy, the surgical removal of the uterus, in order to treat her condition. Fortunately, on May 13th, Loy will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center, Rushoroza Hospital. Once recovered, Loy will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and continue on with her farming in order to take care of her family. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $319 to help fund this surgery. Loy says, “I can no longer practice farming in my current condition and my family depends on farming. I hope to get well through surgery so that I may be able once again take better care of my family.”

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$20raised
$299to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Loy

Loy is a 46-year-old small scale farmer and a strong mother to her five children who range from the ages of 21 to 11 years old. Due to difficult finances and lack of resources, all of Loy's children have received a partial primary school education at various levels. Loy and her husband earn their income by farming, and their family lives together in a four-room mud house for shelter. Four months ago, Loy began experiencing severe lower abdominal pains that have caused her many sleepless nights. She believes that her uterus is very weak because she had a number of complicated deliveries when she gave birth to her children. She visited a doctor in March and was given temporary medication to help ease the pain and discomfort. Months later, she can now no longer sleep comfortably, and has had to completely stop farming due to the pain. Loy has been diagnosed with chronic pelvic inflammatory disease and needs to undergo a hysterectomy, the surgical removal of the uterus, in order to treat her condition. Fortunately, on May 13th, Loy will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center, Rushoroza Hospital. Once recovered, Loy will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and continue on with her farming in order to take care of her family. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $319 to help fund this surgery. Loy says, “I can no longer practice farming in my current condition and my family depends on farming. I hope to get well through surgery so that I may be able once again take better care of my family.”

6% funded

6%funded
$20raised
$299to go