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Success! Julio from the Philippines raised $1,500 for life-changing thyroid surgery.

  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
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Julio's treatment was fully funded on March 26, 2016.

Photo of Julio post-operation

April 21, 2016

Julio received life-changing thyroid surgery.

“Julio is very overwhelmed with the results of his treatment,” shares our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM). “He stated that he can’t really imagine he will be healed from his condition. Now that he has already come to this point, he is very thankful to all who had helped him.”

“He can already provide to his family’s growing needs for he can work with ease and lesser stress unlike before when he was still ill,” ICM continues. “He cannot still carry heavy objects until he is fully recovered but he is free from the dread that he cannot support for his family at all. It was not only celebrated by him, but with his family, who are also grateful for all who sponsored for the operation of their father.”

“I am thankful for the opportunity to be cured,” Julio shared. “This operation has changed my life and perspectives tremendously. Thanks to you who did not hesitate to help people with my status. Now I can work freely without being threatened that if my condition progressed, no one would be able to support my family. I am now a healed man and I owe it to all of you. Thank you so much and god bless you.”

"Julio is very overwhelmed with the results of his treatment," shares our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM). "He stated t...

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February 28, 2016

Meet Julio, a 55-year-old father of three from the Philippines. He’s recently been diagnosed with a thyroid goiter, a condition where the thyroid gland swells abnormally.

“Julio is having a visible anterior neck mass and experiencing difficulty in swallowing and lying on the right side,” explains our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM). “He cannot carry heavy objects because he observes [the goiter] getting bigger when he does and it causes him to have difficulty breathing.”

“His work is hindered because of his condition and he can no longer provide for his family,” continues ICM. “His wife is a housewife and does not have an income, so they are having difficulty providing for their son’s education.”

For $1,500, Julio will receive a thyroidectomy surgery to remove the neck mass. ICM expects that after treatment, he should be able to work with ease to provide for his family.

“We are so happy and thankful for this opportunity,” shares Julio’s wife. “We have been praying for the provision and we consider this as an answered prayer.”

Meet Julio, a 55-year-old father of three from the Philippines. He's recently been diagnosed with a thyroid goiter, a condition where the th...

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Julio's Timeline

  • February 28, 2016

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

  • March 02, 2016

    Julio 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.

  • March 20, 2016

    Julio's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 26, 2016

    Julio's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 21, 2016

    Julio's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 35 donors

Funded by 35 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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.