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Success! Doreen from Uganda raised $252 to fund thyroid surgery so she can continue her studies with confidence.

Doreen
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  • $252 raised, $0 to go
$252
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$0
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Fully funded
Doreen's treatment was fully funded on November 23, 2021.

Photo of Doreen post-operation

November 30, 2021

Doreen underwent thyroid surgery so she can continue her studies with confidence.

Doreen underwent a successful thyroidectomy treatment at Nyakibale Hospital. She is now stable, able to swallow without difficulty, and no longer experiences hoarseness of her voice. Doreen is expected to resume her studies with ease once schools reopen in January.

Doreen says “I would like to thank the donors for supporting my surgery and encourage you to continue saving many lives of people because we are many who are suffering. I look forward to continuing with education after schools are back open.”

Doreen underwent a successful thyroidectomy treatment at Nyakibale Hospital. She is now stable, able to swallow without difficulty, and no l...

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October 11, 2021

Doreen is a 24-year-old student who is pursuing a degree in education. She comes from a family where her father’s income has only been sufficient to cover the family’s basic needs and educate Doreen and her siblings.

Four years ago, Doreen began to experience troubling symptoms, including a breathing problem, a hoarse voice, and neck swelling. She was diagnosed with multinodular goitre. Doreen has tried treating the goitre with medication but that has not helped. She came to Nyakibale Hospital requesting for review and surgery is recommended. Doreen needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Doreen receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on October 12th at our medical partner’s care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $252, and she and her family need help raising money.

Doreen says: “I kindly request for the support to my surgery so that when schools open I may be able to concentrate again with no symptoms that I have now.”

Doreen is a 24-year-old student who is pursuing a degree in education. She comes from a family where her father's income has only been suffi...

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Doreen's Timeline

  • October 11, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 13, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Doreen 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.

  • October 15, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Doreen's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 23, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Doreen's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 30, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Doreen's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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