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Success! Kakurucu from Uganda raised $252 to fund a thyroidectomy.

Kakurucu
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$252
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$0
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Fully funded
Kakurucu's treatment was fully funded on March 2, 2021.

Photo of Kakurucu post-operation

March 5, 2021

Kakurucu underwent a thyroidectomy.

Kakurucu successfully underwent his thyroidectomy procedure. After the surgery, Kakurucu reported that he can now swallow easily, no longer has difficulty breathing, and is not experiencing shortness of breath like he had before.

Kakurucu told us, “I really have nothing much to say but only to thank you for the support and pray that may the Lord bless you in everything you do, I will continue with farming after I have fully recovered.”

Kakurucu successfully underwent his thyroidectomy procedure. After the surgery, Kakurucu reported that he can now swallow easily, no longer ...

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December 14, 2020

Kakurucu is a 67-year-old man from Uganda who came to the hospital with a neck swelling that has been prevalent for the past one year. The swelling causes him headaches, difficulty in breathing and profuse sweating at night. He had sought treatment in different hospitals after being diagnosed with a goitre but has not been fortunate enough to receive surgery. He came to Nyakibale Hospital in western Uganda and surgeons recommend that he have a thyroidectomy surgery. However, he is not financially able to pay the cost of surgery. Kakurucu is a retired teacher who does subsistence farming to make ends meet. The father of 7 is not able to raise sufficient money for his planned surgery and he is appealing for support.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Kakurucu receive treatment. He is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on December 15th at our medical partner’s care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of his thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $252, and he and his family need help raising money.

Kakurucu says: “I hope that I will be fine once my surgery goes on successfully. I hope to get a better and happier life after I have recovered.”

Kakurucu is a 67-year-old man from Uganda who came to the hospital with a neck swelling that has been prevalent for the past one year. The s...

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Kakurucu's Timeline

  • December 14, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Kakurucu was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • December 15, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kakurucu's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 22, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kakurucu 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.

  • March 2, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kakurucu's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 5, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kakurucu's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

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

Gatguon is an 8-week-old baby girl from a remote area of South Sudan. The civil war in South Sudan has made it difficult for many to access healthcare and treatment, including Gatguon's family. Gatguon was born with swelling in the back of her head. Upon referral to Old Fangak Clinic, the doctor diagnosed Gatguon with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Gatguon is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays. Gatguon urgently needs spina bifida repair surgery to correct the condition and reduce risk of infection. Unfortunately, this treatment is not available for her in South Sudan. Dr Jill Seaman and her team at Old Fangak Clinic facilitated Gatguon’s travel to Kenya – a long and difficult journey for a sick baby. Now, doctors at our medical partner's care center in Kenya will perform the surgery she needs. Gatguon’s parents have two kids. Her mother is a stay-at-home mom and her father is a vegetable farmer. They are hopeful that baby Gatguon will be treated and that they will continue taking care of her and loving her unconditionally. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Gatguon's family raise $1,151 to cover the cost of spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 20th and will hopefully spare Gatguon of further complications and allow her to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. Gatguon’s mother shared, “We hope that our child will be treated.”

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$549raised
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