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

Turyasingura
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Turyasingura's treatment was fully funded on September 14, 2020.

Photo of Turyasingura post-operation

August 7, 2020

Turyasingura underwent a thyroidectomy.

Turyasingura had a successful surgery that helped remove the neck swelling that has been progressively increasing in size for the past twenty years. Through the surgery, she will be able to resume farming and will be able to carry her own agricultural produce from her fields, something she could not do before the surgery. She will also be able to freely participate in public and community gatherings and other activities; something she had stopped doing because of her condition. She was discharged with minimal complaints.

Turyasingura says, “I thank the Watsi program and Rushoroza Hospital for making my surgery a success. I felt at home at the hospital and received the best services and care. I will return to the fields to carry out my farming as usual since it’s the major source of our family income.”

Turyasingura had a successful surgery that helped remove the neck swelling that has been progressively increasing in size for the past twent...

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July 14, 2020

Turyasingura is a farmer from Uganda and mother of four. She receives little or no financial support at all from her children. Both she and her husband are farmers, but he is unwell and often stays home. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with family.

Twenty years ago, Turyasingura began to experience troubling symptoms, including a persistent headache and difficulty breathing. She was diagnosed with a non-toxic goiter. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Turyasingura receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on July 14th at our medical partner’s care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $293, and Turyasingura and her family need your support.

Turyasingura shared, “All I pray for is to get well through surgery and be able to work harder and support my family financially through farming.”

Turyasingura is a farmer from Uganda and mother of four. She receives little or no financial support at all from her children. Both she and ...

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Turyasingura's Timeline

  • July 14, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 15, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Turyasingura 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.

  • July 15, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Turyasingura's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 07, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Turyasingura's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 14, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Turyasingura's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Thyroidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $293 for Turyasingura'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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