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Peter
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Peter's treatment was fully funded on August 5, 2020.

Photo of Peter post-operation

September 9, 2020

Peter underwent thyroid surgery.

Peter successfully underwent thyroid surgery. He recovered well postoperatively. He was happy that as soon as he recovers, he can go back to his casual work and support his family. On his discharge home, he passed through our local Watsi rep’s office with his wife who could not hide her excitement and appreciation.

“Only God can tell my feeling now after struggling with this problem for 15 years. I can’t imagine having a calm and quiet sleep without pain and anxiety. At least soon I will be out to look for casual jobs and am sure to be able to support my family,” said Peter.

Peter successfully underwent thyroid surgery. He recovered well postoperatively. He was happy that as soon as he recovers, he can go back to...

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August 5, 2020

Peter is from Karanjee village in Kenya. He is married with three children. Peter works as a casual laborer and takes on whatever job is available, often construction projects.

13 years ago, Peter began to experience troubling symptoms, including difficulty in swallowing and slight swelling on the neck. He was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. He needs surgery to prevent his symptoms from getting worse.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Peter receive treatment. He is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on August 6th at our medical partner’s care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of his thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $657, and he and his family need help raising money.

Peter said quietly, “I am kindly asking for help because this problem is making me anxious, have problems sleeping, and I am afraid of the complications. My family is dependent on me and so I hope to be well again and support them.”

Peter is from Karanjee village in Kenya. He is married with three children. Peter works as a casual laborer and takes on whatever job is ava...

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Peter's Timeline

  • August 5, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Peter was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • August 05, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Peter's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 05, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Peter's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 10, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Peter received treatment at Nazareth Hospital. 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.

  • September 09, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Peter's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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