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Success! Rosa from Kenya raised $641 to fund a thyroidectomy.

Rosa
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$641
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Fully funded
Rosa's treatment was fully funded on January 8, 2018.

Photo of Rosa post-operation

October 2, 2017

Rosa underwent a thyroidectomy.

Rosa’s thyroidectomy was successful. Her surgery was a difficult surgery as she ended up with a tracheostomy tube after developing bronchospasms, or narrowing of the airway. She was admitted to the ICU, and three days later she went to the general ward. This surgery will help improve her state of health, and she will regain her strength.

“I am so happy that my mother is progressing on well. I was really worried after the surgery but now she can speak normally,” says her daughter.

Rosa’s thyroidectomy was successful. Her surgery was a difficult surgery as she ended up with a tracheostomy tube after developing bronchosp...

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July 19, 2017

Rosa is 45 years old and a mother to eight children. She resides in a small village in Kenya called Tapsagoi. Rosa’s husband is a brick mason. He works hard to educate their children, six of whom are still in school.

Six years ago, Rosa noticed a small swelling on her neck. She went to the hospital, and the doctors diagnosed her with a multinodular goiter, or enlarged thyroid gland. She was recommended to undergo surgery. Due to financial limitations, Rosa was not able to raise money for her surgery, so she opted to try herbal treatments. However, they did not have the wanted effect. A friend advised her to visit our medical partner’s care center, AIC Kapsowar Hospital, for specialized treatment. Doctors there confirmed the multinodular goiter diagnosis.

Recently, Rosa has felt weak and restless. She was able to raise some money for her surgery and will subsidize $63 of it. In order to help Rosa fund the rest of her medical bill, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $641. Rosa is scheduled to undergo thyroid surgery on July 20.

“I have been in and out of hospitals seeking treatment,” Rosa says. “My greatest hope and prayer is to get healed because I am very worried about my health.”

Rosa is 45 years old and a mother to eight children. She resides in a small village in Kenya called Tapsagoi. Rosa’s husband is a brick maso...

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Rosa's Timeline

  • July 19, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 20, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Rosa received treatment at AIC Kapsowar Hospital in Kenya. 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.

  • September 19, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Rosa's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 2, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Rosa's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 8, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Rosa's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Thyroidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $641 for Rosa's treatment
Hospital Fees
$227
Medical Staff
$247
Medication
$50
Supplies
$86
Labs
$31
  • 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. It 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 three to eight hours depending on the patient. Patients will stay in the hospital for a maximum of six to eight 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 case of thyroid cancer, the surgery is the patient’s best chance of preventing the spread of cancer and saving the patient’s life. In cases of hyperthyroidism, the treatment helps stabilize the hormones that regulate metabolism and effectively treat some of the patient's symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, anxiety etc.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Thyroid surgery is often 90% curative should diagnosis be done 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?

The hospital is a mission hospital in a remote area and patients may come from far away to access treatment.

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. Also, the cost of treating with radiotherapy and medication is higher than that of surgery.

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$996raised
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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Samuel

Samuel is a hardworking laborer getting jobs whenever he can to earn a living. He's a 37-year-old single man who hails from Kawaida Village in Kenya. His parents separated many years back, and his mother has brought their family up single-handedly. He shared that their family has lived a very difficult life making it hard for them to acquire an education. Samuel lives with his mother in a single rented house. He does mechanic jobs when available while his mother sells fruits at the roadside near their home. On the evening of September 8th 2021, as Samuel was going home, he was hit by a motorbike. He sustained an open fracture of his left tibia. He was taken to Kiambu County Hospital where the wound was treated and later the doctor advised them to have a fracture surgery. His mother could not afford the cost and took him home. Last week, our medical partner's Community Health Worker heard about Samuel and brought him to the hospital for possible support. He has pain, difficulty walking, and has been fully depending on his mother. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On October 28th, Samuel will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF). The surgery will rid him of the pain, bring healing, and eventually, Samuel will be able to walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,049 to fund this procedure. Samuel says, “It is now almost 2 months, I have had pain and difficulties going anywhere and I have to fully depend on my mother. I am also worried that my leg could be amputated if I don't get treated in time. I plead for help so that I can be independent and go back to work and support my mother.”

94% funded

94%funded
$996raised
$53to go