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Success! Edith from Kenya raised $657 to fund thyroid surgery so she can fulfill her dream of having a child.

Edith
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$657
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Fully funded
Edith's treatment was fully funded on July 13, 2021.

Photo of Edith post-operation

August 9, 2021

Edith underwent thyroid surgery so she can fulfill her dream of having a child.

Though Edith was delayed a bit in the hospital ward due to a bout with the common cold, her surgery was successful. She has recovered well and was looking very bright by the time she went home; her doctors note that Edith now seems much happier than before. Edith is now free from the symptoms of headache, irritability, and backaches, and she hopes now she can eventually have her own child.

“I am now feeling very good to imagine that my condition will not be there again. I thank God for taking me in and out of the hospital theater safely. May He bless you all for this intervention. I am looking forward to a changed life and even possibly have my own children,” said Edith.

Though Edith was delayed a bit in the hospital ward due to a bout with the common cold, her surgery was successful. She has recovered well a...

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June 25, 2021

Edith is a hardworking laborer from Kiambu County in Kenya, who works temporary jobs she can find. She has two younger siblings in her family. Edith wishes to have her own child in the future.

In 2018, Edith began to experience troubling symptoms, including headaches, palpitations, and backaches. She had also been trying to conceive but with no success. Edith came to our medical partner’s care center, Nazareth Hospital, for help, and she was diagnosed with multinodular goiter, which is a thyroid gland disorder. Edith needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse and help her live the life she hopes for.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMH), is helping Edith receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroid removal surgery on June 29th at Nazareth Hospital. AMH is requesting $657 to fund the procedure.

Edith would love to become a mother in the future, “Wouldn’t it be good for me to have my own children? I really hope this surgery will be successful so that I can have a chance of getting my own child. I also can’t wait and can’t imagine being free from the pain and symptoms of this condition.”

Edith is a hardworking laborer from Kiambu County in Kenya, who works temporary jobs she can find. She has two younger siblings in her famil...

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Edith's Timeline

  • June 25, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Edith was submitted by Beatrice Njoroge, Curative Medical Support Program Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • June 26, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Edith's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 12, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Edith received treatment at Nazareth 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.

  • July 13, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Edith's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 9, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Edith's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Treatment
Thyroidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $657 for Edith's treatment
Hospital Fees
$414
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$23
Supplies
$101
Labs
$87
Other
$32
  • 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 the neck. It releases hormones that control metabolism (the way the body uses energy), breathing, heart rate, the nervous system, weight, body temperature, and many other functions. When the thyroid gland is overactive (hyperthyroidism), the body’s processes speed up and the patient 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 five days or as needed for recovery. A patient will usually have one follow-up appointment.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

In the 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 and anxiety.

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?

This hospital is generally located in a rural area and is relied upon by many Kenyans who cannot get treated in smaller facilities.

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 readily available. Also, the cost of treating with radiotherapy and medication is higher than that of surgery.

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