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Success! Evalyn from Uganda raised $252 to fund thyroid surgery.

Evalyn
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  • $252 raised, $0 to go
$252
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Evalyn's treatment was fully funded on November 3, 2022.

Photo of Evalyn post-operation

November 15, 2022

Evalyn underwent thyroid surgery.

Evalyn had a successful surgery and her symptoms have finally subsided. She is so happy to not have any more disfigurement or discomfort. She shared with gratitude that she now will live a better life and can get back to farming to support her family.

Evalyn says, “I am grateful to you my donors for having supported me because I was struggling financially. I pray that you keep helping many more people.”

Evalyn had a successful surgery and her symptoms have finally subsided. She is so happy to not have any more disfigurement or discomfort. Sh...

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May 16, 2022

Evalyn is a 51-year-old farmer living in Uganda. She shared with us that she had to drop out of school at a young age, because her family did not have the money to pay for the school fees but she has worked hard to make a good life for her and her family. Five years ago, Evalyn’s husband died, leaving her without the support she needs to care for the four children that are still living at home. She has two older children are grown up and now married.

Three years ago, Evalyn began to experience troubling symptoms, including swelling in her neck, and difficulty with swallowing and breathing. Evalyn was seen by doctors at the Karoli Lwanga Hospital in Nyakibale, where she was diagnosed with a goiter, which needs to be surgically removed to prevent her symptoms from worsening.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Evalyn receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on May 17th, when doctors will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. Evalyn and her family are seeking $252 to fund her procedure.

Evalyn says: “As a widow, I’m finding it hard to raise money for my surgery. I will be delighted if you support me so that I can resume farming and provide for my family.”

Evalyn is a 51-year-old farmer living in Uganda. She shared with us that she had to drop out of school at a young age, because her family di...

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Evalyn's Timeline

  • May 16, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 18, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Evalyn received 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.

  • May 20, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Evalyn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 3, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Evalyn's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 15, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Evalyn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Thyroidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $252 for Evalyn'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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