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Success! Nyirarugero from Uganda raised $293 to fund a thyroidectomy.

Nyirarugero
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Nyirarugero's treatment was fully funded on April 16, 2021.

Photo of Nyirarugero post-operation

May 13, 2021

Nyirarugero underwent a thyroidectomy.

Nyirarugero had a successful surgery to treat her thyroid that had been impacting her for the past 30 years. She shared that she is feeling better and more comfortable, and believes she will be able to resume farming as soon as possible. She hopes to live a better and more productive life.

Nyirarugero says, “Thank you to the team at Rushoroza Hospital and Watsi. I have nothing to give you in return but I will pray for your existence so that you may live longer to help many others all over the world.”

Nyirarugero had a successful surgery to treat her thyroid that had been impacting her for the past 30 years. She shared that she is feeling ...

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April 5, 2021

Nyirarugero is a 61-year-old woman from Uganda. She is a married mother of ten children, but shared with us that seven have since passed away. She is a small scale farmer along with her husband and during her free time, she enjoys tending to her family.

Almost 30 years ago, Nyirarugero began experiencing troubling symptoms, including anterior neck swelling and breathing problems. She has missed several surgical appointment due to financial constraints. She was diagnosed with a multinodular goiter and needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $293 to fund Nyirarugero’s treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on April 6th at AMH’s care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland.

Nyirarugero shared, “I had lost hope of being treated. However, I seek treatment so that I may get back to farming and be able to take good care of my family again.”

Nyirarugero is a 61-year-old woman from Uganda. She is a married mother of ten children, but shared with us that seven have since passed awa...

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Nyirarugero's Timeline

  • April 5, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 7, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Nyirarugero's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 8, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Nyirarugero 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.

  • April 16, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Nyirarugero's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 13, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Nyirarugero's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Treatment
Thyroidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $293 for Nyirarugero's treatment
Hospital Fees
$199
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$24
Supplies
$36
Labs
$20
Other
$14
  • 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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$766raised
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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Susan

Susan is a seven-year-old girl in the first grade and the second child in her family. Unfortunately, Susan was involved in a grisly road traffic accident when a vehicle lost control on March 8th, 2021. Five children and the teachers were hit, and one child unfortunately passed away. Susan survived despite sustaining fractures on her right hand and leg. She was brought to our medical partner's care center, Nazareth Hospital, and had a fracture repair surgery on her hand and leg. One week ago the plates were removed. Susan's hand has healed well but she has started having severe pain on her leg. When Susan's parents brought her back to the hospital, a X-Ray showed the fracture has reoccurred, and the surgeon recommended a repeat surgery. Without treatment, Susan will continue experiencing the pain, she may never be able to use her leg again, or her leg may eventually heal with a deformity. Fortunately, the surgeons at Nazareth can help. On July 1st, Susan is scheduled to undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. Afterward, Susan will freed from pain and will be able to use her leg to walk to school and play again. Susan’s father works temporarily as a welder and her mother is a housewife. Their income is limited and their health insurance can no longer cover for another surgery after supporting the previous one. Therefore, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMH), is requesting $1,049 to fund this procedure for Susan. “We thank God that our child is alive as one child died during the accident. We are hoping her surgery can be successful so that we can see her happy again and not in pain. We plead for her surgery sponsorship, ” Susan’s father wishes for her daughter's full recovery.

73% funded

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$283to go