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Success! Jemrose from the Philippines raised $365 for life-changing thyroid surgery.

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Fully funded
Jemrose's treatment was fully funded on July 2, 2016.

Photo of Jemrose post-operation

July 21, 2016

Jemrose received successful thyroid surgery.

Jemrose’s journey to healing was a life-changing experience. After suffering from a painful and uncomfortable goiter due to inflammation of the thyroid gland, Jemrose underwent a surgery to remove the lump in her neck.

Once she knew that her surgery would be sponsored and she wouldn’t have to pay for anything, Jemrose was delighted. Before her thyroiditis intensified, she had already had to drop out of school to work and support her family—a sad but necessary change in order to help her father keep her siblings in school after their mother left. With her thyroiditis treated, she could search for a stable job and work with comfort and ease.

Jemrose never expected that her mother would come to the clinic to see her, never mind staying for the operation—but she did. Before Jemrose’s surgery, the mother and daughter reconciled, and she was able to head into treatment with a second blessing over her head. The surgery was a great success, and Jemrose is already on the path to a healthy recovery while her family is happily reuniting.

“Through this journey I was able to reunite with my mother and forgive her,” Jemrose said. “I thank you for making my operation possible. Thank you for your kind hearts and willing hands to help unfortunate people like us. Now, I am confident to face life that is ahead of me. I can now face people and talk to them with ease. I thank you with all of my heart.”

Jemrose’s journey to healing was a life-changing experience. After suffering from a painful and uncomfortable goiter due to inflammation of ...

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June 15, 2016

Jemrose is a happy and hardworking young woman from the Philippines. Her mother left when Jemrose was eight years old, leaving her and her siblings to the care of her father, who works as a land laborer. She was not able to finish high school, because her father could not sustain sending them all to school.

Jemrose has thyroiditis, or inflammation of the thyroid gland. The condition is characterized by a painful goiter [abnormal enlargement of the thyroid]. At the age of 14, she started working as a housemaid. At the age of 16, she started to get sick easily, and her neck started to swell. She was able to send herself to a doctor with the help of her sister, but could not sustain the daily medications. She cannot afford treatment because her family’s income can barely sustain their daily needs.

Having a goiter at a young age, without a mother to take care of their family, has been difficult for Jemrose. Whenever she is under stress or has a long day of work, her throat and chest get tight and uncomfortable so that she can’t work well. She also easily gets nervous with little stimuli. Her condition has forced her to stop working. Before qualifying for surgery, she felt hopeless that she would not be able to get the treatment she needs.

With $365, Jemrose can undergo a procedure to treat her thyroiditis. “The lump in her neck will be removed, and she will no longer experience pain and discomfort. Through the treatment, her condition will be prevented from progressing and becoming worse. She is now excited that after the surgery, she will be able to look for a stable job and have a chance to finish school.

Jemrose shares, “Thank you so much for this help, because we really can’t afford this treatment. I was eight years old when my mother left us and my father has worked so hard for us. I want to help him. I hope that after treatment, I can find a stable job to sustain our family’s needs.”

Jemrose is a happy and hardworking young woman from the Philippines. Her mother left when Jemrose was eight years old, leaving her and her s...

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Jemrose's Timeline

  • June 15, 2016

    Jemrose was submitted by Krishiel Ferenal, National Health Officer at International Care Ministries.

  • June 16, 2016

    Jemrose received treatment at Medical Mission Group Hospital and Health Services: Bohol Cooperative 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.

  • July 1, 2016

    Jemrose's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 2, 2016

    Jemrose's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 21, 2016

    Jemrose's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 20 donors

Funded by 20 donors

Thyroidectomy - Dumaguete Patients (Zone 2)
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Patients have enlarged thyroid glands and/or elevated thyroid hormone levels. Some have difficulty swallowing and/or breathing. They may be diagnosed with a number of conditions, including hyperthyroidism, Grave's disease, a multinodular goiter, thyroid carcinoma, thyroiditis, and others.

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

At first, the patient will notice a lump or swelling at the front of his or her neck. As the lump grows, it can cause discomfort and psychological distress. Very large goiters may compress adjacent structures in the neck, such as the esophagus (causing difficulty swallowing) and the airways (causing difficulty breathing).

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

This treatment is necessary and has no historical, cultural, or regional significance.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Typically, a major portion of the thyroid gland is removed. The surgery is done under general anesthesia and can take several hours. Once the medications have taken effect, the anesthetist will insert a tube into the patient's throat to manage his or her airway and breathing. An incision is made at the base of the neck, and all or part of the thyroid gland is removed. The incision is then sutured closed, the wound is dressed, and the patient is taken to the recovery area until stable.

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

After the removal of the gland, the patient's symptoms will disappear. The patient will have a thin scar at the base of the neck. If the whole thyroid gland was removed, the patient will need to stay on replacement hormones for the rest of his or her life.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Occasionally, the nerve that innervates the vocal cords can be damaged, causing a permanently hoarse or weak voice. If the tiny parathyroid glands are accidentally removed, the patient may need calcium supplements and monitoring for the rest of his or her life.

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

This surgery is available in most public hospitals throughout the Philippines. Some patients travel to our medical partner from remote communities. They are members of our medical partner's sponsored communities.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Small goiters or thyroid lumps that are not malignant can be left untreated, unless they cause psychological distress to the patient.

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