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Success! Abigael from Kenya raised $625 to fund a thyroidectomy.

Abigael
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  • $625 raised, $0 to go
$625
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$0
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Fully funded
Abigael's treatment was fully funded on May 21, 2020.

Photo of Abigael post-operation

April 20, 2020

Abigael underwent a thyroidectomy.

Abigael had a successful thyroidectomy and recovered well after surgery. Even by the time she went home, Abigael was improving very much every day. She was very happy and was full of smiles. With this successful treatment, Abigael will soon be able to go back to school and work hard for her future.

“I am the happiest mother just to imagine that my daughter will now go back, concentrate on her studies, and be able to do her final exams by the end of the year. I am so grateful and may God bless you,” said Abigael’s mother.

Abigael had a successful thyroidectomy and recovered well after surgery. Even by the time she went home, Abigael was improving very much eve...

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February 29, 2020

Abigael is a student from Kenya. She is the first born in a family of two children, and she is in secondary school. Her mother is a single parent and works as a casual laborer in a small hotel to provide for the family.

Abigael has been growing well like other girls and was enthusiastic to do her secondary final examinations towards the end of this year. Unfortunately from around October last year, she started having difficulty swallowing. When her mother checked her neck she noticed there was a swelling. She took her to hospital and an ultrasound was completed showing a benign right thyroid nodule. After tests the surgeon advised a thyroidectomy but her mother is not in a position to pay. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Abigael receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on March 2nd at our medical partner’s care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $625, and she and her family need help raising money.

“I am worried for my daughter because this is her final year in secondary school. I hope she can get help so that soon she is able to go back to school and continue with her studies for her future,” said Abigael’s mother.

Abigael is a student from Kenya. She is the first born in a family of two children, and she is in secondary school. Her mother is a single p...

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Abigael's Timeline

  • February 29, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 02, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Abigael received treatment at Nazareth 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.

  • March 02, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Abigael's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 20, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Abigael's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • May 21, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Abigael's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Treatment
Thyroidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $625 for Abigael's treatment
Hospital Fees
$414
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$23
Supplies
$101
Labs
$87
  • 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 the neck. It releases hormones that control metabolism (the way the body uses energy), breathing, heart rate, the nervous system, weight, body temperature, and many other functions. When the thyroid gland is overactive (hyperthyroidism), the body’s processes speed up and the patient 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 five days or as needed for recovery. A patient will usually have one follow-up appointment.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

In the 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 and anxiety.

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?

This hospital is generally located in a rural area and is relied upon by many Kenyans who cannot get treated in smaller facilities.

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

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