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Success! Jane from Kenya raised $673 to fund thyroid surgery.

Jane
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Fully funded
Jane's treatment was fully funded on September 23, 2020.

Photo of Jane post-operation

October 8, 2020

Jane underwent thyroid surgery.

After living with anterior neck swelling for so long, Jane finally underwent successful thyroid surgery. Jane is most excited that she has received treatment and now she is going to live without a mass on her neck. Jane is looking forward to going home and sharing stories about the great experience she had while in the hospital. She will also be able to swallow with ease.

Jane says, “Thank you Watsi for improving the quality of my life and my general well-being. I can now have the courage of walking around the village because people will not be staring at me again.”

After living with anterior neck swelling for so long, Jane finally underwent successful thyroid surgery. Jane is most excited that she has r...

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September 10, 2020

Jane is a middle-aged woman from Kenya and a mother of three. She is a grocer in her hometown of Kapsokwony and lives in a rental house. Jane separated with his husband eight years ago when he remarried. That is when she decided to start her grocery business to, as she shared, “at least to get things going and put something on the table.” Her children had to stop their schooling in grade 8 because she was unable to pay for their school fees.

Jane’s condition begun over 10 years ago. She visited the nearest health facility but they could not help her condition hence she was asked to visit a better hospital for further investigations. Doctors examined her and she was diagnosed with a goitre that needed surgery. Not being the only one in the village with the same condition, Jane turned to herbal medicine just like the rest in her community. She continued using herbal medicines for many years but her condition did not improve in fact her condition was worsening. She could not work for long, she had difficulty in swallowing, and she lost weight and increased sensitivity to cold. She stopped using herbs and feels now she needs the right treatment which is through surgery.

She started looking for solutions but everything seemed impossible without money. It was not until one evening when she was listening to the radio and heard the news about a free medical camp that was organized by Kapsowar Mission Hospital in their area. That is when Jane decided to seek consultation from Medical Partner’s doctors. She was diagnosed with a multinodular goitre and was asked to come to the hospital for it to be removed surgically.

Because of her socioeconomic status, Jane is unable to pay for her surgery but she is a strong believer and has a lot of hopes that she will receive treatment and get healed. She is requesting anyone reading her story to support her in raising money for her surgery.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Jane receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on September 10th at our medical partner’s care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $673 and she and her family need help raising money.

Jane says, “I want this mass to be removed for two reasons; so that I can continue with my daily duties and also that the people in my community learn that herbal medicines cannot cure and they should seek medical care at the hospital.”

Jane is a middle-aged woman from Kenya and a mother of three. She is a grocer in her hometown of Kapsokwony and lives in a rental house. Jan...

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Jane's Timeline

  • September 10, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Jane was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • September 10, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Jane received treatment at AIC Kapsowar Hospital. 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.

  • September 10, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Jane's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 23, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Jane's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 08, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Jane's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Thyroidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $673 for Jane's treatment
Hospital Fees
$227
Medical Staff
$247
Medication
$50
Supplies
$86
Labs
$31
Other
$32
  • 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. It 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 three to eight hours depending on the patient. Patients will stay in the hospital for a maximum of six to eight 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 case of thyroid cancer, the surgery is the patient’s best chance of preventing the spread of cancer and saving the patient’s life. In cases of hyperthyroidism, the treatment helps stabilize the hormones that regulate metabolism and effectively treat some of the patient's symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, anxiety etc.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Thyroid surgery is often 90% curative should diagnosis be done 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?

The hospital is a mission hospital in a remote area and patients may come from far away to access treatment.

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. Also, the cost of treating with radiotherapy and medication is higher than that of surgery.

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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Alamunyaki

Alamunyaki is an 11-year-old boy and the fourth born in a family of five children. Alamunyaki is a very social and hard-working boy. He has not had the chance to join school due to his parent’s financial challenges. There is hope for Alamunyaki joining school because one of his uncles has offered to take him and support him in school next year. It is also Alamunyaki’s uncle who decided to seek treatment for his nephew who has burn contracture on his right hand from the elbow all the way down to the wrist and fingers, making it impossible for him to hold things with the hand. Alamunyaki’s parents are small scale farmers of maize and vegetables, which they mostly use for their own consumption and sell what they can of the harvest in order to get money to buy other commodities. They also have a few goats which Alamunyaki and his siblings help their parents in grazing. Alamunyaki was involved in a fire accident when he was two years old. He was at the fireplace with his siblings warming themselves while their mother was preparing dinner. Alamunyaki was dressed in his traditional maasai clothing which caught fire by accident. Alamunyaki sustained a severe burn and needed to be taken to the hospital but due to his parent’s financial constraints they couldn’t take him and treated him at home using herbal and traditional medicines. The skin around the burns has contracted making it impossible for him to use his right hand. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Alamunyaki receive treatment. On March 3rd, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to he will be able to use his. Now, their family needs help to fund this $639 procedure. Alamunyaki’s uncle says: “I would like my nephew to go to school next year but I understand it’s not going to be easy if he does not have his right hand correct. Kindly help him because his parents cannot afford the cost.”

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