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Marylin from Kenya raised $657 to fund a thyroidectomy.

Marylin
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  • $657 raised, $0 to go
$657
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Marylin's treatment was fully funded on March 3, 2021.
March 9, 2021

Marylin did not undergo a thyroidectomy due to unforeseen circumstances.

When our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, called Marylin to come for admission for her surgery she requested to be given one additional week in order to take care of some things at home. However, she did not return to the hospital after one week. Our medical partner followed up with Marylin, and she requested additional time as she is now taking care of her elderly mother and there was no one else who could care for her. Marylin decided to postpone her surgery. Our medical partner continues to be in touch with her and hopes she will be able to return for treatment soon.

When our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, called Marylin to come for admission for her surgery she requested to be given one add...

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January 31, 2021

Marylin is a street vendor from Kenya. She is a single lady with three children; two of whom are in school and one who works as a street vendor of beauty products. Marylin herself is not formally employed and also works as a street vendor of food at construction sites.

Twelve years ago, Marylin began to experience troubling symptoms, including difficulty swallowing, and throat irritation. She was diagnosed with a goiter, an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. Marilyn needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Marylin receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on February 2nd at our medical partner’s care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $657, and she and her family need help raising money.

Marilyn shared, “I thank my friend for directing me to Nazareth Hospital, though it is hard for me to meet the cost of the treatment. I pray for help so that I can be well, regain my beauty, and also be strong again to continue taking care of my children.”

Marylin is a street vendor from Kenya. She is a single lady with three children; two of whom are in school and one who works as a street ven...

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Marylin's Timeline

  • January 31, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 2, 2021
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Marylin was scheduled to receive 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.

  • February 4, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Marylin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 9, 2021
    FUNDING ENDED

    Marylin is no longer raising funds.

  • March 9, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Marylin's treatment did not happen. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Thyroidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $657 for Marylin'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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