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Success! Joventa from Uganda raised $252 to fund thyroidectomy surgery.

Joventa
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  • $252 raised, $0 to go
$252
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Joventa's treatment was fully funded on December 28, 2021.

Photo of Joventa post-operation

January 5, 2022

Joventa underwent thyroidectomy surgery.

Joventa’s surgery was successful, and she returned home in good health! She no longer experiences breathing difficulties and can talk well. Joventa shared that she is grateful for the support and hopes to resume farming after her full recovery.

Joventa said, “This is a memory that I will live to remember really because you just don’t know how much I am happy to see that my health has been saved. May the Lord bless the work of your hands so that you have much more and continue helping others as you did for me.”

Joventa’s surgery was successful, and she returned home in good health! She no longer experiences breathing difficulties and can talk well. ...

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November 3, 2021

Joventa is a farmer and a mother of three children. One son welds for a living and her two daughters are in school. Joventa earns a living from small-scale farming and weaving mats, while her husband works as a gatekeeper.

For over six years, Joventa has been experiencing swelling in her neck, which causes her headaches, drowsiness, and persistent heart palpitations. She was unable to receive treatment at her previous hospital visits but recently visited the care center at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH). After examination, doctors diagnosed her condition as a multi-nodular goiter and recommended surgery to prevent her symptoms from worsening.

On November 4th, Joventa will undergo a thyroidectomy, in which surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. AMH is requesting $252 to fund this procedure.

Joventa shared, “I really dream of the day I will have my health restored because it affects my daily life greatly.”

Joventa is a farmer and a mother of three children. One son welds for a living and her two daughters are in school. Joventa earns a living f...

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Joventa's Timeline

  • November 3, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Joventa was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • November 4, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Joventa received 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.

  • November 9, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Joventa's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 28, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Joventa's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 5, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Joventa's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Thyroidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $252 for Joventa'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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