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Success! Angela from the Philippines raised $1,500 for surgery to remove her thyroid gland.

  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Angela's treatment was fully funded on August 28, 2016.

Photo of Angela post-operation

September 20, 2016

Angela received successful thyroid surgery.

After the surgery and follow-ups, Angela has now fully recovered and is completely well. She is very thankful for the donors and hospital staff that helped make her surgery possible. It is a blessing to her and her family.

Before surgery, Angela felt that her condition was an additional burden for their family. Now, she happily exclaimed her gratefulness for a new life that was given for her. She is very hopeful that a better life awaits for her and she verbalized that she will do her best to take care of the health of each of her family members.

Angela’s daughter said that now that her mother is well, she will help her always so she will not work very hard for them. Angela is so excited for the new chapter of her life without thyroid disease.

“Thank you so much for the sponsors and donors who had helped me in my operation,” Angela shared. “You are a blessing to me for without your generosity, I would not be here celebrating this victory over my illness. I am so grateful to all of you and I will always pray for you that more blessings will come unto your life.”

After the surgery and follow-ups, Angela has now fully recovered and is completely well. She is very thankful for the donors and hospital st...

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July 17, 2016

Angela is a 44-year-old mother of six children who lives in the Philippines. Seven years ago, Angela began tiring easily when doing household chores and would sometimes not finish her tasks for the day because she would need to stop and rest multiple times. She also began feeling nervous and having difficulty sleeping at night due to discomfort.

To support the family, Angela’s eldest son works as a fisherman and gives his mother money every month. His income is necessary to provide for their daily needs, as Angela’s husband leaves only enough money to cover a month’s worth of expenses when he goes away for five months of the year. Angela cannot work as she has to take care of her children, and she tries hard to keep them in school.

Recently, Angela was visited by her family’s pastor and a friend who is a part of our sponsored community to discuss a program to help her family elevate their economic status. During the second week of the program, Angela underwent a medical screening and was diagnosed with thyroiditis, a condition involving inflammation of the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland produces hormones that regulate the body’s metabolism. When the gland is inflamed, thyroid hormone production can decrease, leading to fatigue.

After completing blood tests, Angela was cleared to undergo surgery to remove her thyroid so that her condition would not progress. $1,500 covers the cost of Angela’s surgery, transportation to and from the hospital, 10 days of hospital care—including medicine, imaging, and additional blood tests—and medication to take after she goes home.

Angela looks forward to having more strength to take care of her family. “I would like to be healed and become better to serve my children and family and have quality time with them,” she shares. “I want to be effective as a mother and friend to them. Thank you for your kind hearts.”

Angela is a 44-year-old mother of six children who lives in the Philippines. Seven years ago, Angela began tiring easily when doing househol...

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Angela's Timeline

  • July 17, 2016

    Angela was submitted by Krishiel Ferenal, National Health Officer at International Care Ministries.

  • July 20, 2016

    Angela received treatment at Silliman University Medical Center in Philippines. 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.

  • August 10, 2016

    Angela's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 28, 2016

    Angela's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 20, 2016

    Angela's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • 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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