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Success! Peace from Uganda raised $333 to fund thyroid surgery so she can be healthy and active.

Peace
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$333
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$0
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Fully funded
Peace's treatment was fully funded on January 27, 2022.

Photo of Peace post-operation

March 11, 2022

Peace underwent thyroid surgery so she can be healthy and active.

Peace underwent a successful surgery that helped heal the swelling in her neck that has been worsening for the past six years. She’s now home and Peace will be able to go back to farming freely. She can live out the rest of her life happy, and free from worry of her condition worsening. Her family very much appreciates the support given to her by the donors and are especially happy because they could not have funded the surgery on their own.

Peace says, “Thank you for making my surgery a success. I finally will live a free and better life having been relieved of this.”

Peace underwent a successful surgery that helped heal the swelling in her neck that has been worsening for the past six years. She's now hom...

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December 31, 2021

Peace is a farmer along with her husband. Together they have two children: their first born is 31 years old while their second born is 17 years old and is in secondary school class one. Peace shared that they have always worked hard to raise the fees for their children’s schooling.

This has become more difficult as six years ago, Peace began to experience troubling symptoms, including a gradually increasing anterior neck swelling. She was diagnosed with non-toxic goitre. She had visited her mother who noticed something on her neck and told her to get it checked out. The swelling was small and painless at that time but as time went on, the swelling progressively started increasing in size. She resorted to using herbs but this did not help. She is very much worried about what could come out of it in future if not treated on time. A friend recently got treatment at Rushoroza Hospital and her surgery was successful, so Peace felt encouraged and hopeful to visit.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is now helping Peace receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on January 6th at our medical partner’s care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $333, and she and her family need help raising money.

Peace says, “I hope to get relieved of the goitre and its complications through surgery. I would wish to live a healthy life again. I hope to comfortably keep farming after treatment.”

Peace is a farmer along with her husband. Together they have two children: their first born is 31 years old while their second born is 17 ye...

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Peace's Timeline

  • December 31, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 6, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Peace received treatment at Rushoroza Hospital 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.

  • January 7, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Peace's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 27, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Peace's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 11, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Peace's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Treatment
Thyroidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $333 for Peace's treatment
Hospital Fees
$233
Medical Staff
$12
Medication
$9
Supplies
$51
Labs
$12
Other
$16
  • 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 and anxiety.

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?

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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