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Jennifer from Uganda raised $252 to fund a thyroidectomy to relieve her swelling.

Jennifer
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  • $252 raised, $0 to go
$252
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$0
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Fully funded
Jennifer's treatment was fully funded on December 31, 2021.
December 13, 2022

Jennifer underwent a thyroidectomy but was able to have financial support.

Our medical partner shared an update that Jenifer had a successful surgery to remove her cystic goiter. She was able to have other financial support, so they ask that you consider supporting another patient in need.

They shared that Jenifer’s surgery has allowed her to breathe well again and reduced the chances of further complications. Jenifer hopes to resume farming to support her family, and is looking forward to a much better quality of life. Jenifer shared: “my quality of health has already greatly improved ever since I was operated and I praise God. May God continue to bless the donors.”

Our medical partner shared an update that Jenifer had a successful surgery to remove her cystic goiter. She was able to have other financial...

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December 19, 2021

Jennifer is a hardworking farmer and a mother of three children. Her eldest has completed school, but the other two are still in school and require her assistance in paying school fees. To complement her income, Jennifer earns wages by working on other people’s farms. She shared that her income is only sufficient to meet their family’s daily needs.

Five years ago, Jennifer began to experience troubling symptoms, including anterior neck swelling, heart palpitations, shortness of breath and headaches. She was diagnosed with nodular obstructing goitre. She had tried treating the condition with medication but her symptoms did not improve. When Jennifer was reviewed at Nyakabale Hospital, surgery was recommended but she is not able to pay the required amount. Jennifer needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse, and she appeals for help.

Luckily, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Jennifer receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on December 21st at our medical partner’s care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $252, and she and her family need help raising money.

Jennifer says “I have been in pain for quite a long time and I ask for your support to undergo surgery and regain my health. I will continue with farming to cater for my children.”

Jennifer is a hardworking farmer and a mother of three children. Her eldest has completed school, but the other two are still in school and ...

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Jennifer's Timeline

  • December 19, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Jennifer was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • December 21, 2021
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Jennifer was scheduled to receive treatment at Karoli Lwanga Hospital, Nyakibale in Uganda. 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.

  • December 21, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Jennifer's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 31, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Jennifer's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 13, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Jennifer's treatment was started but not completed. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Thyroidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $252 for Jennifer's treatment
Hospital Fees
$163
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$22
Supplies
$49
Labs
$6
Other
$12
  • 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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