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Success! Naomi from Kenya raised $936 to fund thyroid surgery.

Naomi
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  • $936 raised, $0 to go
$936
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$0
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Fully funded
Naomi's treatment was fully funded on December 28, 2021.

Photo of Naomi post-operation

January 12, 2022

Naomi underwent thyroid surgery.

33-year-old Naomi underwent successful thyroid surgery. She had a calm recovery and is now back home. She was really happy and felt different compared to the day she came in. The tiredness she used to feel was gone and she feels her surgery has improved her general well-being. Naomi has seen a such a change already and is happy she’ll be able to carry on with her daily chores without difficulty now.

Naomi says, “Thank you so much for helping me during this time of need. My treatment will bring change in my life and that of my children. I would like to work hard so as to make life better and improve my family.”

33-year-old Naomi underwent successful thyroid surgery. She had a calm recovery and is now back home. She was really happy and felt differen...

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November 9, 2021

Naomi is a farmer and mom of five. She shared that she is shy and often quiet, but works hard as a maize farmer. She also helps on other people’s farms to supplement their family’s needs since she is a widow. She lost her dear husband while she was three months expectant in 2020 due to a short illness. She had to take up the responsibility of taking care of her family by herself, which hasn’t been easy for her since her husband was the family breadwinner. She lives in a two-roomed house with her mother-in-law with her five children aged between 14 and 1 year.

Around 16 years ago, Naomi began to experience troubling symptoms, including a neck mass that started to grow while she was still in primary school. Before coming to our partner’s hospital, Naomi had tried other means of treatment like herbal medicine, which did not improve her condition. She was then advised by a neighbor who had been treated in our partner’s hospital to come to seek medication.

Naomi has been diagnosed with a multinodular goiter. A goiter is an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. She was deemed fit for surgery earlier but she was expectant so her surgery was postponed until after delivery. One year later, she was ready for surgery but had no funds. Naomi has high blood pressure-like symptoms, gets tired easily especially while she is working, coughs frequently with persistent headaches and this has affected her general well-being. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Naomi receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on November 11th at our medical partner’s care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $936, and she and her family need help raising money.

Naomi says, “My children look up to me, I want to be a strong mother for them. Please help me.”

Naomi is a farmer and mom of five. She shared that she is shy and often quiet, but works hard as a maize farmer. She also helps on other peo...

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Naomi's Timeline

  • November 9, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 12, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Naomi's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 26, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Naomi received treatment at AIC Kapsowar Hospital in Kenya. 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.

  • December 28, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Naomi's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 12, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Naomi's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 18 donors

Funded by 18 donors

Treatment
Thyroidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $936 for Naomi's treatment
Hospital Fees
$348
Medical Staff
$3
Medication
$79
Supplies
$298
Labs
$82
Other
$126
  • 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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