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

Turyahariwe
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Turyahariwe's treatment was fully funded on March 12, 2021.

Photo of Turyahariwe post-operation

March 16, 2021

Turyahariwe underwent a thyroidectomy.

After undergoing a successful thyroidectomy treatment, Turyahariwe has been relieved from the goiter she’s had for the past few years. She is relieved that she can now easily swallow and breathe, and her quality of health and life has dramatically improved.

After surgery, Turyahariwe told us, “I’m glad to see that life has now returned to normal successfully with my surgery, and to my donors: I can’t really thank you enough but only to pray to God to bless you abundantly. I’m going to continue with farming once I am home.”

After undergoing a successful thyroidectomy treatment, Turyahariwe has been relieved from the goiter she's had for the past few years. She i...

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December 31, 2020

Turyahariwe is a farmer, a widow, and a mother to three daughters. All her daughters are now married - one is a nurse, one a primary school teacher, and one is a hairdresser. Turyahariwe earns a living from the small coffee and banana plantation that she was left to her by her late husband. Through farming, she has been able to support and educate her children.

Ten years ago, Turyahariwe began to experience shortness of breath when sleeping. She was ultimately diagnosed with a goiter, which is an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse and from any further complications.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Turyahariwe receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on January 5th 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.

Turyahariwe shared, “I hope to get a new life after surgery because this disfigurement really gives me a hard time. Once recovered, I will continue with farming.”

Turyahariwe is a farmer, a widow, and a mother to three daughters. All her daughters are now married - one is a nurse, one a primary school ...

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Turyahariwe's Timeline

  • December 31, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Turyahariwe was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • January 3, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Turyahariwe's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 5, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Turyahariwe received treatment at Karoli Lwanga Hospital, Nyakibale. 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 12, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Turyahariwe's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 16, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Turyahariwe's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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