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Success! Karen from the Philippines raised $1,323 to fund thyroid surgery so she can finally feel well again.

Karen
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Fully funded
Karen's treatment was fully funded on February 10, 2022.

Photo of Karen post-operation

April 1, 2022

Karen underwent thyroid surgery so she can finally feel well again.

Karen came into the hospital with a nodular goiter that was affecting her breathing due to the swelling. She had a successful thyroid removal surgery that will allow her to finally breathe with ease and reduce further complications of the goiter. Karen returned home from the hospital relieved to be in good health.

“I wish to also pay it forward to those in need after experiencing this surgery through WSFP and WATSI.” Karen shared.

Karen came into the hospital with a nodular goiter that was affecting her breathing due to the swelling. She had a successful thyroid remova...

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February 3, 2022

Karen works as a guard at a secondary school in Cavite, Philippines. Her husband is a police officer, but even with their combined income to cost of the surgery she needs is out of reach.

Five years ago, Karen began to experience troubling symptoms, including difficulty in swallowing and a swollen neck. She was diagnosed with goiter, an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse.

Fortunately, our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines, is helping Karen receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on February 4th at Our Lady of Peace Hospital. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $1,323, and she and her family need help raising money for this life-changing care.

“This surgery will greatly improve my well-being, so I can continue working for my future without worry,” Karen shared.

Karen works as a guard at a secondary school in Cavite, Philippines. Her husband is a police officer, but even with their combined income to...

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Karen's Timeline

  • February 3, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Karen was submitted by Kolyn Gervacio, Marketing and Communications Officer at World Surgical Foundation Philippines.

  • February 4, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Karen received treatment at Our Lady of Peace Hospital in Philippines. 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, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Karen's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 10, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Karen's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 1, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Karen's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 18 donors

Funded by 18 donors

Treatment
Thyroidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,323 for Karen's treatment
Hospital Fees
$238
Medical Staff
$330
Medication
$180
Supplies
$166
Labs
$284
Radiology
$11
Other
$114
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

People with goiter often have an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland which can lead to the appearance of a mass or swelling in the neck. The signs and symptoms of goiter can vary and may include tiredness, a decrease or increase in weight, low or increased appetite, depression, dryness of skin and hair, sleepiness, diarrhea or constipation and menstrual irregularities (for women).

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Living with goiter limits the patient's physical activities, due to soreness or tiredness, frequent coughing, hoarseness, and difficulty breathing. If untreated, this could lead to the detrimental reduction of overall capacity and even death among susceptible patients.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Especially when left untreated, people with goiter can tend to be socially excluded from their communities, due to the stigma against people with physical deformities. These may be in the form of lack of employment opportunities, loss of connection with peers, even family, discrimination based on false beliefs on physical deformities (e.g. generational curses because of slights against higher beings).

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

The surgical team at the care center facility will safely remove the mass in the patient's neck.

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

If there are no complications after the procedure, the patient will be prescribed thyroid hormone replacement medication to avoid hypothyroidism. The patient is expected to make a full recovery and live a healthy and better future.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Some of the potential side effects of the surgery include bleeding, infection, hypoparathyroidism, permanent hoarse or weak voice due to nerve damage.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

The care facility is equipped and accessible to handle this procedure for patients within capital region. Patients may need to travel there from outside of the regional to access care.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Patients experiencing goiter look for medications such as, aspirin or corticosteroid infused capsules that will help stabilize the growth or swelling.

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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Biniayam

Biniayam is a musically-inclined 17-year-old from Ethiopia. Some of his favorite activities include playing football, the piano, and the keyboard, as well as eating his favorite dish: meat! He comes from a family of seven children. To support their family, his father works as a farmer, and his mother manages their home and cares for her children. Two of his siblings are currently working, and the rest attend school. Biniayam himself finalized his national grade eight examination last summer and passed well! Biniayam was born with hypospadias, a congenital condition that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and be at risk of infertility. His parents sought medical care for him after he was born, but due to financial constraints, he was not able to receive any treatment. They have since visited other hospitals but have still been unable to receive any help. Biniayam shares that he is worried and concerned about his condition. He mentioned that it not only affects him physically, but also psychologically, causing him to experience stress in many situations. Fortunately, Biniayam is now scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on July 19th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,293 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Biniayam shares, “After the surgery, I hope this will be corrected and I will be confident to bathe in front of other members of the family without any fear. I also hope I won’t fear going to the restroom in public toilets. I hope I will be happy and have children in the future.”

68% funded

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$407to go