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Success! Joan from Uganda raised $252 to fund thyroid surgery.

Joan
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  • $252 raised, $0 to go
$252
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Joan's treatment was fully funded on July 10, 2022.

Photo of Joan post-operation

July 21, 2022

Joan underwent thyroid surgery.

Joan had a successful surgery to treat the goitre that had troubled her for a long time. She is grateful for the support offered and is now able to breathe with ease. She hopes to continue leading a fuller life.

Joan says, “Doctors had told me that if I remain with this swelling, it will affect my health further. This really got me worried but am glad that all is now history and I pray to God to bless you, my donors, for having made my surgery possible.”

Joan had a successful surgery to treat the goitre that had troubled her for a long time. She is grateful for the support offered and is now ...

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June 13, 2022

Joan is a 24-year-old, newly married businesswoman, living with her husband. Joan has a degree in agriculture, but upon graduating, she was unable to find work in her field. Instead, she has opened up a fruit shop at the local market, while her husband works as a motorcycle taxi driver.

Beginning last year, Joan began to experience troubling symptoms, including neck swelling, headaches, shortness of breath, propulsion of the eyes, and profuse sweating at night. She was diagnosed with a nodular goiter at Rwampara medical center, and advised to have her thyroid removed. She and her husband were unable to cover the costs of the surgery so was not able to have the treatment she needed.

Fortunately, a friend referred Joan to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, and she is now scheduled for surgery on June 14th, at Karoli Lwanga Hospital in Nyakibale. African Mission Healthcare Foundation is seeking $252 to fund this procedure, which will prevent Joan’s condition from deteriorating further.

Joan says: “I think I will get healed after the surgery, and will be able to resume my business in good health.”

Joan is a 24-year-old, newly married businesswoman, living with her husband. Joan has a degree in agriculture, but upon graduating, she was...

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Joan's Timeline

  • June 13, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 14, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Joan 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.

  • June 21, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Joan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 10, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Joan's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 21, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Joan'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 Joan'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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