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Success! Jane from Kenya raised $936 to fund thyroidectomy surgery.

Jane
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$936
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$0
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Fully funded
Jane's treatment was fully funded on September 4, 2022.

Photo of Jane post-operation

September 17, 2022

Jane underwent thyroidectomy surgery.

Jane’s surgery was a success, and she is overjoyed with the results! Before undergoing surgery, Jane had difficulty breathing and became easily fatigued. She shared that this is now a story of the past. Jane feels much stronger now and cannot keep the news to herself, calling others to tell them about her story and how she is now breathing easily.

Jane’s daughter, who had accompanied her to the hospital, was also thrilled, noting that she did not think that her mother’s happy state would ever end now. Jane’s daughter is grateful to know that her mother will be able to carry out her regular work once again.

Jane shared,” A new chapter has been opened in my life after the surgery was done. Thank you for helping me. May God bless the hands that always give.”

Jane’s surgery was a success, and she is overjoyed with the results! Before undergoing surgery, Jane had difficulty breathing and became eas...

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April 11, 2022

Jane is a happy, talkative farmer and mother of ten. Jane leases out some of her lands to help provide for her children’s education since her health condition has made it too difficult for her to farm. Jane’s family has recently had very hard times and she is hopeful that better days are ahead.

A few months ago, Jane began to experience troubling symptoms, including difficulty breathing. She visited the hospital, where she was diagnosed with a goiter, which is an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. Jane will need to undergo surgery to prevent her symptoms from worsening.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Jane receive treatment. On April 12th, she will undergo a thyroidectomy, in which surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. AMH is requesting $936 to help fund this procedure.

Jane shared, “The people I looked up to just perished. Kindly help me so that I may get back to work and be able to raise my other children.”

Jane is a happy, talkative farmer and mother of ten. Jane leases out some of her lands to help provide for her children’s education since he...

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Jane's Timeline

  • April 11, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 14, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Jane 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.

  • April 14, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Jane's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 4, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Jane's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 17, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Jane's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 18 donors

Funded by 18 donors

Treatment
Thyroidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $936 for Jane's treatment
Hospital Fees
$348
Medical Staff
$3
Medication
$79
Supplies
$298
Labs
$82
Other
$126
  • 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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