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Success! Mary from Kenya raised $936 to fund life-changing thyroid surgery.

Mary
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Fully funded
Mary's treatment was fully funded on January 28, 2022.

Photo of Mary post-operation

February 7, 2022

Mary underwent life-changing thyroid surgery.

Mary’s surgery was a success! She had an easy recovery and was discharged from the hospital the following day to continue her healing at home. Mary is thrilled to have undergone surgery to relieve her of the troubling symptoms she lived with for so long. Usually reserved with her words, Mary shared that she feels overwhelmed with joy and hopes that anyone nervous about surgery in the future can feel reassured by her story.

Mary shared with a proud smile, “I overcame all poor advice not to have surgery, but now I have a testimony to tell, and God is great. Thank you, Watsi. Through this surgery, many lives will be changed.”

Mary’s surgery was a success! She had an easy recovery and was discharged from the hospital the following day to continue her healing at hom...

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November 16, 2021

Mary is a quiet and hardworking farmer. Mary and her husband plant maize on their one-acre farm and have four children aged between 33 and 24 years old. Their family is having a hard time financially due to the high bills needed to cater for their grandmother’s hospital bills and she undergoes chemotherapy for breast cancer. Her children do not have sustainable jobs and are unable to pay for the treatment that Mary now needs.

One evening, while Mary was listening to the radio , she heard about a medical camp that was organized by our medical partner’s Kapsowar Mission Hospital in their area. She decided to seek medical advice from the doctors. After being seen, the doctors diagnosed her with a multinodular goiter that needed to be removed surgically.

Before Mary sought medical care, she resorted to herbal medicine as she could not afford to go to a hospital. Years later, her condition did not improve and her general well-being has not been getting any better. She’s become weak and cannot perform her daily duties of farming and house chores. Mary is unable to raise money for her surgery and is seeking financial assistance to get the surgery and lead a normal and painless life.

Mary has had a long journey with her condition. In 2008, Mary began to experience troubling symptoms, including a mass on the neck, rapid heartbeat, increased sensitivity to heat and sweating. She visited the nearest healthcare facility where there were no diagnoses made. They advised her to go to a better facility for further investigations. But still many years later she hasn’t been able to undergo the treatment she needs to heal.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Mary receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on November 17th at our medical partner’s care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $936, and she and her family need help raising money.

Mary says, “I want this mass to be removed for two reasons; so that I can continue with my daily chores and also, for my community to learn from my experience that herbalists cannot cure and should seek medical care at a hospital.”

Mary is a quiet and hardworking farmer. Mary and her husband plant maize on their one-acre farm and have four children aged between 33 and 2...

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Mary's Timeline

  • November 16, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 17, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mary received treatment at AIC Kapsowar 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.

  • November 17, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mary's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 28, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mary's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 7, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mary's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 26 donors

Funded by 26 donors

Treatment
Thyroidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $936 for Mary's treatment
Hospital Fees
$348
Medical Staff
$3
Medication
$79
Supplies
$298
Labs
$82
Other
$126
  • 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. It 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 three to eight hours depending on the patient. Patients will stay in the hospital for a maximum of six to eight 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 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, anxiety etc.

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?

The hospital is a mission hospital in a remote area and patients may come from far away to access treatment.

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. Also, the cost of treating with radiotherapy and medication is higher than that of surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Natan

Natan is a two-year-old boy from Ethiopia who loves music, cars, cartoons, and playing with other children. Both his mother and father unfortunately lost their jobs during the pandemic. After losing her accounting job, his mother now works at a factory. Natan's father stays home caring for him, but he is currently searching for a job as an electrician to supplement his wife's income. They all live together in a rental home. As of right now, family members and friends who know their story kindly help support them. Natan was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Natan has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Due to the financial challenges Natan's family is currently experiencing, they are currently unable to fund their son's needed procedure. Fortunately, Natan will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). He is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on August 23rd. AMHF is requesting $754 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Natan's father says, “I hope my child will be as healthy as other kids. I have hope that he will heal. Once he heals, I am ready to fulfill all my responsibilities for him. I love to teach him. I also want to work to support him with his hobbies, especially with music. I want to teach him to play at least one music instrument.”

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