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Success! Susan from Kenya raised $641 to fund thyroid surgery.

Susan
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Susan's treatment was fully funded on October 21, 2017.

Photo of Susan post-operation

September 22, 2017

Susan underwent thyroid surgery.

Susan’s thyroidectomy was successful. Susan is no longer at risk of developing hyperthyroidism.

“I feel that my general health has improved. I will be able to concentrate on my studies and score good grades. I don’t want to let down my parents,” she says.

Susan’s thyroidectomy was successful. Susan is no longer at risk of developing hyperthyroidism. “I feel that my general health has improv...

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August 22, 2017

Susan is a student at secondary school, and she is the second child of a family of five. Her mother says, “Susan is a hardworking daughter. She passed well in her primary school final examinations, and that earned admission in a good high school. She is the light of the family.”

Susan’s father is a carpenter, while her mother stays at home to take care of the kids. They both strongly value education.

Three years ago, Susan started experiencing discomfort and fatigue. She was brought to our medical partner’s hospital by her parents. She was diagnosed with an enlarged thyroid. Her family was able to raise some money for treatment, but they need additional help raising $641. She is scheduled to undergo thyroid surgery on August 23.

Susan says, “I am a hardworking student because I have a dream of becoming a doctor when I grow up. I hope that I get treatment so that I can return to school and continue with my studies.”

Susan is a student at secondary school, and she is the second child of a family of five. Her mother says, “Susan is a hardworking daughter. ...

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Susan's Timeline

  • August 22, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 23, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Susan received treatment at AIC Kapsowar Hospital in Kenya. 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 20, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Susan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 22, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Susan's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • October 21, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Susan's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

Treatment
Thyroidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $641 for Susan'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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78%funded
$735raised
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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Margret

Margret is a 69-year-old woman - a mother of five children and a grandmother to 13 children. She lives in a thatched house with her family. She and her husband are farmers and rely on seasonal farm products for their income. Due to a recent drought on their land, they do not have any farm products to sell. Margret and her husband are aging and shared that they are limited in how they can care for themselves. They also shared that their children are married but do not have stable jobs yet to help support the family. One week ago, Margret’s poor vision caused her to fall on her walk to the farm. She fell on her left hand and can longer use it or put any weight on it. Her daughter-in-law bought her to the hospital for an X-Ray. After an assessment by the doctor, she was diagnosed with a left distal humerus fracture, and surgery was recommended. Currently, Margret is experiencing pain in her left hand and requires 24-hour care from her daughter-in-law. On October 26th, Margret will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation, with our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH). This surgery will alleviate her pain and bring healing and restoration to the functioning of her left hand. She will be able to carry out her day-to-day activities and take care of herself again. AMH is requesting $941 to help fund this procedure. Margret shared, “I am in pain. I hope I get treated soon and be able to use my hand again. Please help me.”

78% funded

78%funded
$735raised
$206to go