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Success! Ulric from the Philippines raised $1,500 for a thyroidectomy to remove a goiter.

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Fully funded
Ulric's treatment was fully funded on April 11, 2016.

Photo of Ulric post-operation

May 22, 2016

Ulric received successful thyroid surgery.

“Ulric is now very optimistic, as he can find himself regaining strength each day,” reports his medical team at International Care Ministries (ICM) in the Philippines. “Thank you for your continued support and prayers.​​ Ulric verbalized that he looks at life more brightly for himself, his partner and their two children. The pain and the discomfort he felt before were now relieved.”

“Before, he could not do his work well because of his condition - now he can work with ease. He is very happy to inform that he can now work whole day instead of half day like before,” ICM continues. “Now, he can have ample time to work to sustain his family’s needs and with extra time for family bonding.”

“It was really an answered prayer for me,” Ulric said after surgery. “It has been truly awhile that my condition has minimized our family income and have left us leaving our marriage plans to the side. We are looking forward to working towards our daily needs and saving up for me and my partner’s wedding. Without the kind hearts who helped us, I would never experience this kind of healing that give us a chance to have a better life. We thank you will all our hearts, may you be blessed more to all who who made my operation possible.”​ ​

"Ulric is now very optimistic, as he can find himself regaining strength each day," reports his medical team at International Care Ministrie...

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April 3, 2016

32-year-old Ulric is a habal-habal (motorcycle taxi) driver from the Philippines. He is the financial provider for his family, and has two children, six and eight years of age.

Ulric is a very hardworking father and committed to providing for his family, shares our medical partner, International Care Ministries. He has a monthly income of $60, and it varies based on how many people ride on his taxi. His partner cares for their children at home. Their house is made of bamboo walls, and the floor and roof is made of nipa hut.

Ulric has a multinodular thyroid goiter, or an enlarged thyroid gland. He has difficulty swallowing, and he feels that there is something stuck in his throat at all times. He cannot do heavy lifting and strenuous activities. Additionally, he gets easily tired and has difficulty working for long periods of time. It’s been a year since he was diagnosed with the goiter, but he has been unable to afford treatment.

Ulric needs a thyroidectomy, or total removal of the thyroid gland. Surgery will cost $1,500. Ulric will be able to live without his thyroid as long as he remains on medication after surgery.

Ulric is excited about getting the treatment, because his condition really hinders him and his livelihood.

“If I get treated, this can help me to do more and work hard to support for my family,” he said. “I am also thankful to those giving me this opportunity - a chance that I can have a normal life again. And for the people who will be willing to help me, I am so thankful to them. I know I can’t repay them but I pray that they will be blessed abundantly.”

32-year-old Ulric is a habal-habal (motorcycle taxi) driver from the Philippines. He is the financial provider for his family, and has two c...

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Ulric's Timeline

  • April 3, 2016

    Ulric was submitted by Krishiel Ferenal, National Health Officer at International Care Ministries, our medical partner in Philippines.

  • April 08, 2016

    Ulric's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 11, 2016

    Ulric's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 27, 2016

    Ulric received treatment at Silliman University Medical Center. 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.

  • May 22, 2016

    Ulric's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Patients have enlarged thyroid glands and/or elevated thyroid hormone levels. Some have difficulty swallowing and/or breathing. They may be diagnosed with a number of conditions, including hyperthyroidism, Grave's disease, a multinodular goiter, thyroid carcinoma, thyroiditis, and others.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

At first, the patient will notice a lump or swelling at the front of his or her neck. As the lump grows, it can cause discomfort and psychological distress. Very large goiters may compress adjacent structures in the neck, such as the esophagus (causing difficulty swallowing) and the airways (causing difficulty breathing).

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

This treatment is necessary and has no historical, cultural, or regional significance.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Typically, a major portion of the thyroid gland is removed. The surgery is done under general anesthesia and can take several hours. Once the medications have taken effect, the anesthetist will insert a tube into the patient's throat to manage his or her airway and breathing. An incision is made at the base of the neck, and all or part of the thyroid gland is removed. The incision is then sutured closed, the wound is dressed, and the patient is taken to the recovery area until stable.

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

After the removal of the gland, the patient's symptoms will disappear. The patient will have a thin scar at the base of the neck. If the whole thyroid gland was removed, the patient will need to stay on replacement hormones for the rest of his or her life.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Occasionally, the nerve that innervates the vocal cords can be damaged, causing a permanently hoarse or weak voice. If the tiny parathyroid glands are accidentally removed, the patient may need calcium supplements and monitoring for the rest of his or her life.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

This surgery is available in most public hospitals throughout the Philippines. Some patients travel to our medical partner from remote communities. They are members of our medical partner's sponsored communities.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Small goiters or thyroid lumps that are not malignant can be left untreated, unless they cause psychological distress to the patient.

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