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Besiime from Uganda raised $293 to fund a thyroidectomy.

Besiime
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  • $293 raised, $0 to go
$293
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Besiime's treatment was fully funded on March 8, 2021.
March 9, 2021

Besiime did not undergo a thyroidectomy.

Ultimately, Besiime decided not to undergo surgery this month due to some personal issues with her family. We will plan to re-open her case when she returned in the future if she still needs care and support.

Ultimately, Besiime decided not to undergo surgery this month due to some personal issues with her family. We will plan to re-open her case ...

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March 5, 2021

Besiime is a 52-year-old married mother of ten children from Western Uganda. She works very hard and is proud that her children are in school, while others have already finished. Besiime and her husband are small scale farmers. They have put their children through school by acquiring small loans to pay for their school fees. During her free time, Besiime loves tending to her farm and her family.

Five years ago, Besiime began experiencing troubling symptoms, like neck swelling. She sought treatment at a local hospital where results of a scan indicated a goiter. She was given medication in hopes that the goiter would recede, however, Besiime continued to face swelling, airway blockage, headaches and difficulty swallowing. She visited Rushoroza hospital where she was diagnosed with a non-toxic nodular goiter and a thyroidectomy was recommended.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Besiime receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on March 6th at AMH’s care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $293, and Besiime and her family need your support.

Besiime shared, “I pray that I may be considered for treatment. After treatment, I hope to comfortably proceed with farming and to be able to further develop my family.”

Besiime is a 52-year-old married mother of ten children from Western Uganda. She works very hard and is proud that her children are in schoo...

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Besiime's Timeline

  • March 5, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Besiime was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • March 6, 2021
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Besiime was scheduled to receive 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.

  • March 6, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Besiime's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 9, 2021
    FUNDING ENDED

    Besiime is no longer raising funds.

  • March 9, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Besiime's treatment did not happen. Read the update.

Treatment
Thyroidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $293 for Besiime'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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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Tun

Tun is a 73-year-old man who lives with his three daughters in Umpiem Mai Refugee Camp in Thailand. Each month, Tun's household receives a small cash card to purchase rations in the camp, and their monthly household income is just enough to cover daily expenses. In his free time, Tun loves to read books and loves telling stories to his neighbours’ children. He is always welcoming, giving the children snacks and telling them stories from his home. Tun also loves to grow different types of vegetables around his house, sharing the harvest with his neighbours who cannot afford to buy vegetables. Before he felt unwell, Tun used to volunteer, organising cleaning groups in the camp and helping with road repairs. Currently, Tun experiences on and off pain in his upper abdomen. He also has a slight fever and often feels nauseous. Over time, his appetite has gradually decreased, and he has lost weight. Tun has been advised to undergo a cholecystectomy, the surgical removal of the gallbladder. If his condition is left untreated, Tun's symptoms will continue to worsen and he will be at risk for further health complications in the future. After seeking treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), Tun is scheduled to undergo his cholecystectomy on February 16th. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Tun's procedure and care. Once recovered, he will able to resume gardening, volunteering, and socializing with others in the camp. Tun shared, “I love volunteering and I am happy to help the community with whatever I can. But since I got sick, I cannot participate, and I cannot go to the monastery to help clean nor can I meditate. If I ever feel better again, I will continue to help my community with whatever I can do and I will also continue to grow vegetables around my house for my family and for my neighbours.”

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80%funded
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