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Success! Tusingwire from Kenya raised $240 to fund thyroidectomy.

Tusingwire
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  • $240 raised, $0 to go
$240
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Tusingwire's treatment was fully funded on December 19, 2019.

Photo of Tusingwire post-operation

December 1, 2019

Tusingwire underwent thyroidectomy.

Having undergone a successful thyroidectomy treatment due to multilobular goitre, Tusingwire now feels much better free from pain, discomfort and the disfigurement he had. She is hoping for the best and expecting good quality of health after full recovery.

Tusingwire says, “I am very humbled having been supported by SAFE program and may the good Lord bless you for your work. I will continue with cultivation.”

Having undergone a successful thyroidectomy treatment due to multilobular goitre, Tusingwire now feels much better free from pain, discomfor...

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October 11, 2019

Tusingwire is a farmer from Kenya. She is married with four children the first born works as a causal laborer in Kampala and other three are still in school. Tusingwire and her husband practice small scale farming

Three years ago, Tusingwire began to experience troubling symptoms, including shortness of breath, headaches, and a cough. 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 Tusingwire receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on October 15th at our medical partner’s care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $240, and she and her family need help raising money.

Tusingwire says, “I am thankful to you for having given me a helping hand. I pray that my surgery may be successful so that I can be relieved from these symptoms.”

Tusingwire is a farmer from Kenya. She is married with four children the first born works as a causal laborer in Kampala and other three are...

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Tusingwire's Timeline

  • October 11, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 15, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Tusingwire received treatment at Karoli Lwanga Hospital, Nyakibale. 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.

  • October 20, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Tusingwire's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 01, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Tusingwire's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 19, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Tusingwire's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Thyroidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $240 for Tusingwire's treatment
Hospital Fees
$163
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$22
Supplies
$49
Labs
$6
  • 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, anxiety etc.

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?

In Kenya, 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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