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Success! Tumubwine from Uganda raised $252 to fund a thyroidectomy.

Tumubwine
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  • $252 raised, $0 to go
$252
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Tumubwine's treatment was fully funded on March 22, 2021.

Photo of Tumubwine post-operation

April 8, 2021

Tumubwine underwent a thyroidectomy.

Tumubwine successfully received a thyroidectomy treatment for her nodular goitre. She was feeling a lot of improvement right away: able to swallow with ease, her breathing is better, and her voice clearer.

Tumubwine shared: “I really appreciate you so much because I was worried about the hospital bill but this program gave me some courage. With full recovery, I hope to resume farming.”

Tumubwine successfully received a thyroidectomy treatment for her nodular goitre. She was feeling a lot of improvement right away: able to s...

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March 8, 2021

Tumubwine is a 43-year-old farmer from Uganda. She is a mother to four children. Tumubwine and her husband both work hard to support their family and meet their children’s school fees.

Tumubwine has been suffering from a nodular goitre for the past two years. The goitre has caused her neck to swell, obstructing her airway especially when she is sleeping. She cannot carry anything on her head, which she often needs to do, and the swell continues to gradually increase. In February, Tumubwine was experiencing more sleepless nights due to her condition and opted to visit Nyakibale Hospital. There, doctors recommended she undergo surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Tumubwine receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on March 9th at our medical partner’s care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $252, and she and her family need help raising money.

Tumubwine shared, “I hope that the surgery will be successful so that I can resume my duties at home. I have struggled with the condition for a long time.”

Tumubwine is a 43-year-old farmer from Uganda. She is a mother to four children. Tumubwine and her husband both work hard to support their f...

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Tumubwine's Timeline

  • March 8, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 9, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Tumubwine 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.

  • March 11, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Tumubwine's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 22, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Tumubwine's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 8, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Tumubwine's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Thyroidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $252 for Tumubwine'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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