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Success! Orineitwe from Uganda raised $293 to fund a thyroidectomy.

Orineitwe
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$293
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$0
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Fully funded
Orineitwe's treatment was fully funded on September 14, 2021.

Photo of Orineitwe post-operation

July 13, 2021

Orineitwe underwent a thyroidectomy.

Orineitwe had a successful surgery that helped remove her neck swelling that had been progressively growing for 16 years. She’s happy to already be feeling better and hopes that with recovery, she will be more productive when she farms. She headed home from the hospital relieved to be well again.

Orineitwe shared with a smile, “I thank the WATSI program for this generous financial support without which, my family and I would not have afforded the surgery. May God strengthen you more and be able to continue supporting and helping the needy.”

Orineitwe had a successful surgery that helped remove her neck swelling that had been progressively growing for 16 years. She's happy to alr...

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June 1, 2021

Orineitwe is a 53-year-old farmer and a mother to five children. She and her husband work as small scale farmers to make ends meet, and they own a three-room semi-permanent house.

16 years ago, Orineitwe began experiencing troubling symptoms including neck pain and swelling, mild headaches and weight loss. She was diagnosed with multinodular goiter. Because of her condition, she can no longer carry heavy loads on her head and she is no longer able to bend down comfortably while farming. She sought treatment at our medical partner’s care center, and learned that surgery is required to treat her condition. She is concerned that without treatment, her symptoms will worsen and the goiter could become malignant.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Orineitwe receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on June 2nd at AMH’s care center where surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. Now, she needs help to raise $293 to fund the procedure.

Orineitwe shared, “I pray for a successful surgery. I’m hopeful that after surgery I will be able to farm and to take good care of my family.”

Orineitwe is a 53-year-old farmer and a mother to five children. She and her husband work as small scale farmers to make ends meet, and they...

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Orineitwe's Timeline

  • June 1, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 2, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Orineitwe received treatment at Rushoroza Hospital 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.

  • June 3, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Orineitwe's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 13, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Orineitwe's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 14, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Orineitwe's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Thyroidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $293 for Orineitwe'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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