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Success! Glorious from Uganda raised $252 to fund thyroid surgery so she can breathe easily again.

Glorious
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  • $252 raised, $0 to go
$252
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$0
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Fully funded
Glorious's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2022.

Photo of Glorious post-operation

September 17, 2022

Glorious underwent thyroid surgery so she can breathe easily again.

Glorious had a successful thyroidectomy surgery. She is now doing well and no longer experiences shortness of breath, or difficulty in swallowing. She is happy that she was relieved from disfigurement as she had long hoped for. Glorious can now resume helping her husband in their small-scale farming.

Glorious says “I thank God so much for giving you a generous heart to help people. I am privileged that I am among the beneficiaries of your generosity. Thank you for giving me another chance at life.”

Glorious had a successful thyroidectomy surgery. She is now doing well and no longer experiences shortness of breath, or difficulty in swall...

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April 11, 2022

Glorious is a farmer and 40-year-old mother of six children. She completed primary school but due to the financial crisis in her family back then, she could not proceed with her education. She got married and together with her husband, they practice small scale farming to make ends meet. She told us she is proud to have her children in school, even though earning enough for their school fees is hard for their family.

Ten years ago, Glorious began to experience troubling symptoms, including neck swelling, breathing difficulties, and heart palpitations. The symptoms, Glorious notes, seem to have worsened in the last six months so she opted to visit Nyakibale Hospital hoping to feel better soon. She was diagnosed with goitre and needs surgery but the cost is high for her family to meet on their own.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Glorious receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on April 12th 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.

Glorious says “I hope that with your support, I will get the surgery and the swelling that is disfiguring me will finally end.”

Glorious is a farmer and 40-year-old mother of six children. She completed primary school but due to the financial crisis in her family back...

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Glorious's Timeline

  • April 11, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 12, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Glorious received treatment at Karoli Lwanga Hospital, Nyakibale 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.

  • April 13, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Glorious's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 31, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Glorious's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 17, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Glorious's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

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