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Success! Nyirantozi from Uganda raised $293 to fund a goiter removal.

Nyirantozi
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  • $293 raised, $0 to go
$293
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Nyirantozi's treatment was fully funded on January 28, 2021.

Photo of Nyirantozi post-operation

November 26, 2020

Nyirantozi underwent a goiter removal.

Nyirantozi had a successful surgery that helped remove the swelling on her neck that has been progressively increasing in size for the past ten years. Through her surgery, she is able to resume farming and produce a little along with her husband for their subsistence. She became emotional and her eyes were filled with tears of joy on the day she was discharged home.

Nyirantozi shared, “My family and I are grateful to WATSI and Rushoroza hospital for making my surgery a success, I had lost hope because we could not afford the surgery charges and I was in severe pain. May the good Lord reward everyone involved.”

Nyirantozi had a successful surgery that helped remove the swelling on her neck that has been progressively increasing in size for the past ...

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September 2, 2020

Nyirantozi is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. Nyirantozi is a mother of six but shared that she has lost three of her children. Her living children are all married and are only able to offer limited support to her due to their education background along with their personal responsibilities in their respective families.

Nyirantozi and her husband’s farming output is considerably low because of their age; they survive on the little support they obtain from their relatives and friends. They own a two room semi-permanent house for shelter. During her free time, she likes very much playing with her grandchildren.

Ten years ago, Nyirantozi began to experience troubling symptoms, including severe neck pain and difficulty in breathing and speaking. She was diagnosed with multi-nodular goitre. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Nyirantozi receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on September 3rd at our medical partner’s care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $293, and Nyirantozi and her family need your support.

Nyirantozi says, “I am in severe pain and seek help. I can no longer go to the fields to be able to support my family with food. I will resume farming as soon as possible after my surgery.”

Nyirantozi is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. Nyirantozi is a mother of six but shared that she has lost three of her children. Her living...

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Nyirantozi's Timeline

  • September 2, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 3, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Nyirantozi received treatment at Rushoroza Hospital 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.

  • September 3, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Nyirantozi's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 26, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Nyirantozi's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 28, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Nyirantozi's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Thyroidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $293 for Nyirantozi's treatment
Hospital Fees
$199
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$24
Supplies
$36
Labs
$20
Other
$14
  • 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 and anxiety.

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?

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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