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Success! Trufehna from Kenya raised $641 to fund goiter removal.

Trufehna
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Trufehna's treatment was fully funded on December 1, 2020.

Photo of Trufehna post-operation

April 22, 2020

Trufehna underwent goiter removal.

50-year-old Trufehna underwent a successful thyroidectomy to remove her goiter. Her surgery was a big success for her life because she has waited for so long to receive treatment and is finally feeling better. Trufehna, who lost weight due to her condition, is looking forward to regaining her weight and improving her general well-being.

Trufehna is thankful for the wonderful team for the attention she received from the first moment she came to the hospital. She says, “I am so grateful for the program for helping me undergo the treatment I wanted. I am happy to be back home having received treatment.”

50-year-old Trufehna underwent a successful thyroidectomy to remove her goiter. Her surgery was a big success for her life because she has w...

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February 29, 2020

Trufehna is a farmer from Kenya with two children aged 25 and 13 respectively. She takes care of two cows for her daily upkeep. Trufehna lost her dear husband in the year 2007 after a short illness. After her husband’s death, their farm was taken by his relatives hence she had to return to her parents.

Since nine years ago, Trufehna began to experience troubling symptoms, including sore throat, pain and a neck selling. She was diagnosed with an euthyroid goiter. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Trufehna receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on March 9th at our medical partner’s care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $641, and she and her family need help raising money.

Trufehna says, “Help me get treated so that I can carry on with life and support my daughters. I believe that this condition cannot shatter my hope and I will be back to my normal life.”

Trufehna is a farmer from Kenya with two children aged 25 and 13 respectively. She takes care of two cows for her daily upkeep. Trufehna los...

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Trufehna's Timeline

  • February 29, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Trufehna was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • March 05, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Trufehna's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 09, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Trufehna received treatment at AIC Kapsowar Hospital. 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.

  • April 22, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Trufehna's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 01, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Trufehna's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 15 donors

Funded by 15 donors

Treatment
Thyroidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $641 for Trufehna's treatment
Hospital Fees
$227
Medical Staff
$247
Medication
$50
Supplies
$86
Labs
$31
  • 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. It 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 three to eight hours depending on the patient. Patients will stay in the hospital for a maximum of six to eight 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 case of thyroid cancer, the surgery is the patient’s best chance of preventing the spread of cancer and saving the patient’s life. In cases of hyperthyroidism, the treatment helps stabilize the hormones that regulate metabolism and effectively treat some of the patient's symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, anxiety etc.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Thyroid surgery is often 90% curative should diagnosis be done 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?

The hospital is a mission hospital in a remote area and patients may come from far away to access treatment.

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. Also, the cost of treating with radiotherapy and medication is higher than that of surgery.

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$680raised
$408to go

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