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Success! Kyasimire from Uganda raised $307 to fund a thyroidectomy.

Kyasimire
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$307
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Kyasimire's treatment was fully funded on June 11, 2020.

Photo of Kyasimire post-operation

June 12, 2020

Kyasimire underwent a thyroidectomy.

After the surgery, Kyasimire could notice that her neck swelling was gone, but she still had pain. The next day, she still experienced some pain at the incision site and the drain was still actively draining discharge. With time, she stabilized and her incision site was dry, clean, and healing well. Finally, she felt no further complaints and was discharged home from the hospital.

Kyasimire says, “I received quality services from Rushoroza Hospital, thanks to WATSI. I will comfortably attend public and social gatherings anywhere; I am very happy. I will continue with my small farming after recovering completely to be able to support my family.”

After the surgery, Kyasimire could notice that her neck swelling was gone, but she still had pain. The next day, she still experienced some ...

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May 17, 2020

Kyasimire is a mother of 8 children. She developed a small swelling on her throat during her fourth pregnancy but it disappeared after giving birth. It returned again during her fifth pregnancy and this time it was bigger in size and did not disappear after delivery. The swelling kept growing as time went on and it has now been over ten years.

Kyasimire covers her neck all the time and feels uncomfortable going to public gatherings and functions. She does not feel any pain and that’s why she never went for a medical checkup. If not treated through a thyroidectomy, thyrotoxicosis may result in airway obstruction and difficulty in eating.

Kyasimire and her husband are small-scale farmers who grow beans and potatoes for home consumption. They have 8 children, all with little education history, with the highest educated amongst them having reached primary school class five, partly due to lack of financial support.

Her oldest child is now 27 years old and her youngest is just 11 years old. Kyasimire is not able to get support from any of her older children as they are all working hard to take care of themselves. Kyasimire wasn’t able to go to school herself and doesn’t know how to read and write. Her family lives in a three-room semi-permanent house on their ancestral land.

Kyasimire says, “ After the surgery, I look forward to continuing with farming and be able to comfortably participate in public, communal, and other activities in our village.”

Kyasimire is a mother of 8 children. She developed a small swelling on her throat during her fourth pregnancy but it disappeared after givin...

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Kyasimire's Timeline

  • May 17, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Kyasimire was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • May 18, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kyasimire's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 19, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kyasimire received treatment at Rushoroza 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.

  • June 11, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kyasimire's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 12, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kyasimire's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Funded by 1 donor

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Treatment
Thyroidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $307 for Kyasimire's treatment
Hospital Fees
$227
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$24
Supplies
$36
Labs
$20
  • 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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