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Success! Anne from Kenya raised $673 to fund a thyroidectomy.

Anne
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Anne's treatment was fully funded on January 10, 2021.

Photo of Anne post-operation

October 18, 2020

Anne underwent a thyroidectomy.

After undergoing successful thyroid surgery, Anne expressed the freedom she had from all her previous worries. Anne has felt her strength coming back after the surgery and she can now do her daily chores without difficulty. Anne will no longer experience more of her symptoms and she will be able to work with ease.

Anne says, “Thank you for helping me in time of need. Now that I have received treatment, I would want to get a good job for my family so that life is not difficult.”

After undergoing successful thyroid surgery, Anne expressed the freedom she had from all her previous worries. Anne has felt her strength co...

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August 18, 2020

Anne is a small-scale farmer from Kenya. She plants Maize for consumption. She has been blessed with five children and she is very good at taking care of her large family. Anne separated with her husband many years ago and she and her five children went to stay with her uncle. Anne has worked hard to provide for her children and ensure that they received an education.

Eight years ago, Anne began to experience troubling symptoms, including neck disfigurement and difficulty swallowing. She was diagnosed with a goiter, an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Anne receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on August 19 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.

Anne says “This condition is making me weak and I can’t work like before. I want to be strong for my children so that they can receive education and get their daily needs.”

Anne is a small-scale farmer from Kenya. She plants Maize for consumption. She has been blessed with five children and she is very good at t...

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Anne's Timeline

  • August 18, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Anne was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • August 20, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Anne 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.

  • August 20, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Anne's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 18, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Anne's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 10, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Anne's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

Treatment
Thyroidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $673 for Anne'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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