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Success! Dafroza from Uganda raised $333 to fund life-changing thyroid surgery.

Dafroza
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  • $333 raised, $0 to go
$333
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Dafroza's treatment was fully funded on January 29, 2022.

Photo of Dafroza post-operation

March 9, 2022

Dafroza underwent life-changing thyroid surgery.

Dafroza had a successful surgery that healed the swelling she has endured for the past 20 years. She shared that it’s a dream come true to be relieved of the condition she has lived with for so long. Her entire family is happy and thanks the donors for making it happen for her. She has new hope that she’ll live a more productive life through farming and had a big smile as she headed home.

Dafroze said, “I thank the donors and Rushoroza hospital for jointly making my surgery a success. I had lost hope and never thought I could get treatment because my family could not afford the surgery. May God bless and reward you.”

Dafroza had a successful surgery that healed the swelling she has endured for the past 20 years. She shared that it’s a dream come true to b...

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January 4, 2022

Dafroza is a mother of 7 and a small-scale farmer. Her husband passed away in May 2019 and left her a three-room mud house for shelter. Her eldest is 30 years old and her youngest is in the seventh grade.

Over 20 years ago, Dafroza began to experience troubling symptoms, including a small painless neck swelling. It gradually started increasing in size and she decided to use herbs but they did not help. She shared that did not bother seeking medical attention because she knew it was too expensive. Currently, she loses her voice whenever she talks or sings for a long time, she can no longer eat comfortably, and has trouble breathing while farming and sleeping.

She came to our medical partner’s care center Rushoroza Hospital for a review by the doctor. She was diagnosed with a non-toxic goiter and the doctor advised her to have surgery for which she is seeking financial support.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Dafroza receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on January 7th at our medical partner’s care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $333, and she and her family need help raising money.

Dafroza says, “I heard the news from a friend who had the same treatment from Rushoroza Hospital and is doing well and looking good currently. I pray that I may also be like my friend through surgery. I will be able to keep farming as soon as I get better.”

Dafroza is a mother of 7 and a small-scale farmer. Her husband passed away in May 2019 and left her a three-room mud house for shelter. Her ...

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Dafroza's Timeline

  • January 4, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 8, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Dafroza 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.

  • January 10, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Dafroza's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 29, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Dafroza's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 9, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Dafroza's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Thyroidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $333 for Dafroza's treatment
Hospital Fees
$233
Medical Staff
$12
Medication
$9
Supplies
$51
Labs
$12
Other
$16
  • 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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