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Success! Jonalyn from the Philippines raised $1,500 for life-changing thyroid surgery.

Jonalyn
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Fully funded
Jonalyn's treatment was fully funded on July 6, 2016.

Photo of Jonalyn post-operation

July 15, 2016

Jonalyn had successful thyroid surgery.

Jonalyn is doing well after her surgery. She was supposed to receive a total thyroidectomy, but the doctor decided to remove only the right side of it because of how young she is. She has been advised to have a consultation every three months to monitor the other side of her thyroid. Jonalyn is very excited to go back to school since she has been absent for two weeks and she is very happy with the result of the operation. Her family, especially her mother, were also happy to see Jonalyn recover and they are looking forward to the good future that awaits her. Jonalyn is grateful that her prayers were answered and feels very privileged to be helped.

“I am happy and thankful for everyone who has helped me,” Jonalyn said. “I was hopeless because of my condition and we could not afford the surgery that I needed. But its been an answered prayer that you have come in our community to help girls like me. I was lucky enough to be given this opportunity. Thank you and I will remember this moment for the rest of my life.”

Jonalyn is doing well after her surgery. She was supposed to receive a total thyroidectomy, but the doctor decided to remove only the right ...

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June 22, 2016

Jonalyn is a happy, 13-year-old student who loves to study and play a game similar to kick-the-can. She lives with her parents and two siblings in the Philippines, where their one-room house has a cement floor and a thatched roof made of nipa leaves.

Jonalyn noticed a mass on the right side of neck when she was 12 years old. She told her mother about it, but they did not seek help since they did not have money to spend on medical consultations or medicine. After a few months, she complained of pain when swallowing and difficulty breathing and also noticed that the mass on her neck was getting bigger. She has been unable to concentrate during her classes because of the on-and-off throbbing pain in her neck.

During a church activity in May of 2015, Jonalyn felt a throbbing pain in her neck and was examined by a doctor. She was diagnosed with a goiter—an enlarged thyroid gland usually caused by a deficiency of iodine, an important element in the production of thyroid hormones that regulate the body’s metabolism. The doctor prescribed an antibiotic for seven days and iron supplements for 10 days and referred Jonalyn to another care facility to undergo tests to determine the type of goiter.

Unfortunately, the family was unable to seek further care for Jonalyn until now. She was screened by a health trainer in one of our sponsored communities, consultation was facilitated, and she was advised to undergo a thyroidectomy to remove the thyroid gland.

Jonalyn’s mother is a housewife, and her father raises pigs. They cannot pay for surgery for Jonalyn because their income is barely enough to sustain the family’s daily needs.

$1,500 covers the cost of Jonalyn’s surgery, transportation to and from the hospital, 10 days of hospital care—including medicine, imaging, and blood tests—and medicine to take after she goes home. The surgery will lessen Jonalyn’s discomfort due to her condition.

“I am very thankful to you for helping people like me in my condition, especially those who are not financially capable in terms of health treatment,” shares Jonalyn. “I was truly blessed because I was given an opportunity to be treated. After the surgery, I plan to continue my schooling to reach my dreams and help my family someday.”

Jonalyn is a happy, 13-year-old student who loves to study and play a game similar to kick-the-can. She lives with her parents and two sibli...

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Jonalyn's Timeline

  • June 22, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Jonalyn was submitted by Krishiel Ferenal, National Health Officer at International Care Ministries, our medical partner in Philippines.

  • June 29, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Jonalyn received treatment at Silliman University Medical Center. 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.

  • June 30, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Jonalyn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 06, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Jonalyn's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 15, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Jonalyn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Treatment
Thyroidectomy
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Patients have enlarged thyroid glands and/or elevated thyroid hormone levels. Some have difficulty swallowing and/or breathing. They may be diagnosed with a number of conditions, including hyperthyroidism, Grave's disease, a multinodular goiter, thyroid carcinoma, thyroiditis, and others.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

At first, the patient will notice a lump or swelling at the front of his or her neck. As the lump grows, it can cause discomfort and psychological distress. Very large goiters may compress adjacent structures in the neck, such as the esophagus (causing difficulty swallowing) and the airways (causing difficulty breathing).

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

This treatment is necessary and has no historical, cultural, or regional significance.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Typically, a major portion of the thyroid gland is removed. The surgery is done under general anesthesia and can take several hours. Once the medications have taken effect, the anesthetist will insert a tube into the patient's throat to manage his or her airway and breathing. An incision is made at the base of the neck, and all or part of the thyroid gland is removed. The incision is then sutured closed, the wound is dressed, and the patient is taken to the recovery area until stable.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

After the removal of the gland, the patient's symptoms will disappear. The patient will have a thin scar at the base of the neck. If the whole thyroid gland was removed, the patient will need to stay on replacement hormones for the rest of his or her life.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Occasionally, the nerve that innervates the vocal cords can be damaged, causing a permanently hoarse or weak voice. If the tiny parathyroid glands are accidentally removed, the patient may need calcium supplements and monitoring for the rest of his or her life.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

This surgery is available in most public hospitals throughout the Philippines. Some patients travel to our medical partner from remote communities. They are members of our medical partner's sponsored communities.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Small goiters or thyroid lumps that are not malignant can be left untreated, unless they cause psychological distress to the patient.

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