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Success! Busingye from Uganda raised $293 to fund a thyroidectomy.

Busingye
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  • $293 raised, $0 to go
$293
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$0
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Fully funded
Busingye's treatment was fully funded on July 11, 2021.

Photo of Busingye post-operation

June 21, 2021

Busingye underwent a thyroidectomy.

Busingye had a successful surgery which removed her thyroid swelling that had been progressively increasing in size for the past 20 years. She already reports much improvement, and was relieved to be heading home from the hospital feeling well. Busingye believes that she will live a better and more productive life now that she is no longer bothered by all her coughs and headaches. Busingye plans to resume her farming as soon as possible.

Busingye says, “I had lost hope having lived with a goitre for the past 20 years. I thank the Watsi program and Rushoroza hospital for coming together and jointly rescuing me from the difficult condition. May God bless you.”

Busingye had a successful surgery which removed her thyroid swelling that had been progressively increasing in size for the past 20 years. S...

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May 3, 2021

Busingye is a 63-year-old married mother of six children. She is a small scale farmer and lives with her husband in a three-room home in Uganda.

Over 20 years ago, Busingye began experiencing troubling symptoms, including neck swelling, difficulty breathing, headaches, and persistent coughing. She recently stopped farming due to her symptoms. When she visited a local hospital, she was diagnosed with multinodular goiter and requires surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Busingye receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on May 4th at AMH’s care center, where surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. Now, Busingye needs help to fund the $293 procedure.

Busingye shared, “I pray that I may be considered for treatment. After treatment, I will resume farming and be able to further support our family.”

Busingye is a 63-year-old married mother of six children. She is a small scale farmer and lives with her husband in a three-room home in Uga...

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Busingye's Timeline

  • May 3, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 4, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Busingye 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.

  • May 6, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Busingye's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 21, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Busingye's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • July 11, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Busingye's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
Thyroidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $293 for Busingye's treatment
Hospital Fees
$199
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$24
Supplies
$36
Labs
$20
Other
$14
  • 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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