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Harriet from Uganda raised $252 to fund a thyroidectomy surgery to treat a goiter.

Harriet
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  • $252 raised, $0 to go
$252
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Harriet's treatment was fully funded on November 12, 2022.
January 12, 2023

Harriet has not yet undergone thyroid surgery.

Our medical partner shared that they have been talking often with Harriet, but she is concerned about moving forward with her surgery and would like to postpone the case. We are grateful for your consideration to help another patient in need right now. Thank you.

Our medical partner shared that they have been talking often with Harriet, but she is concerned about moving forward with her surgery and wo...

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November 7, 2022

Harriet is a 53-year-old widow with a bright smile despite a hard moment. She has been blessed with eight children, all of whom are married. Harriet is a small-scale farmer, as are all her children. Despite the challenges in her life, Harriet has always been supportive of her family with the little money she has. She lives in a two-room, semi-permanent house.

Seven years ago, a swelling started affecting her neck region. Harriet also began to experience troubling symptoms, including difficulty in breathing, swallowing and inability to do basic chores. The swelling has caused disfigurement of her neck and caused a compression of the airway. Harriet has visited various hospitals in the past, where pain-relieving prescriptions were recommended but did not treat the condition. She decided to visit Nyakibale Hospital after hearing about it in her community. There, she was diagnosed with thyroid goiter and surgery was recommended to prevent her symptoms from getting worse.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Harriet receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on November 8th at our medical partner’s care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $252, and she and her family need help raising money.

Harriet says, “I think that God forgot about me as I have suffered for a long time, but now I hope to regain my strength and, with your financial support, I will undergo the surgery. Once treated, I will resume my normal life and continue farming.”

Harriet is a 53-year-old widow with a bright smile despite a hard moment. She has been blessed with eight children, all of whom are married....

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Harriet's Timeline

  • November 7, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 8, 2022
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Harriet 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 10, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Harriet's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 12, 2023
    FUNDING ENDED

    Harriet is no longer raising funds.

  • January 12, 2023
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Harriet's treatment did not happen. Read the update.

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Funded by 1 donor

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Treatment
Thyroidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $252 for Harriet's treatment
Hospital Fees
$163
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$22
Supplies
$49
Labs
$6
Other
$12
  • 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, anxiety etc.

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?

In Kenya, 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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