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Success! Lydia from Uganda raised $252 to fund thyroidectomy surgery.

Lydia
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$252
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Lydia's treatment was fully funded on December 28, 2021.

Photo of Lydia post-operation

February 17, 2022

Lydia underwent thyroidectomy surgery.

Lydia had a successful surgery to treat the goitre that was making life more challenging for her. She’s now able to swallow with ease and after full recovery, she will be out of risk of further complications. She was so grateful for the support offered.

Lydia told us, “May God bless and give you more resources so that you can help many like me!”

Lydia had a successful surgery to treat the goitre that was making life more challenging for her. She's now able to swallow with ease and af...

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November 3, 2021

Lydia is a cheerful woman who loves attending Sunday church services. Lydia is married and a mother to six children. Among her six children, two are teachers, two are nurses, and two are married and work as small-scale farmers. Lydia and her husband work hard as farmers so that their income can meet their daily needs.

A while back, Lydia began to experience troubling symptoms, including headache, stiff neck, persistent dry cough, and pain when turning her neck. Doctors diagnosed her condition as a bilateral goiter and surgery is recommended to prevent her symptoms from getting worse.

On November 4th, Lydia will undergo a thyroidectomy at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH). Surgeons at AMH’s care center will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. AMH is requesting $252 to fund Lydia’s procedure.

Lydia shared “I will really be privileged to undergo my surgery under your support. I hope to continue with farming to sustain my family when am well.”

Lydia is a cheerful woman who loves attending Sunday church services. Lydia is married and a mother to six children. Among her six children,...

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Lydia's Timeline

  • November 3, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 9, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lydia's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 28, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lydia's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 1, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lydia 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.

  • February 17, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Lydia's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Thyroidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $252 for Lydia'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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$664raised
$277to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Titus

Titus is a hardworking 24-year-old from Kenya. He is the only child to his single mother, who sells tea and porridge at the market. Due to their financial situation, Titus was compelled to drop out of high school and do casual labor jobs to support his mother. Together with his mother, they live in his uncles’ home who is a small-scale farmer. Titus also helps his uncle with farm work. A month ago, Titus fell at work and his hand was cut by a sharp object. Titus went to a nearby facility where his wound was sutured because the fracture was open, and a splint was applied in order to stabilize the fracture. Now he cannot work using his hand and therefore he depends entirely on his mother. When he realized that there was no improvement of his injury, Titus visited a nearby facility where he was referred to our medical partner's care center Kapsowar Hospital. On physical examination, the surgeon told him that he required an urgent surgery in order to repair his tendon and fix his fracture which had taken time to heal. Titus has no medical insurance and is worried about how he can pay for the care he needs. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On September 27th, Titus will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. Titus will be able to go back to his work and continue to earn a living. He will be able to assist his mother. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $941 to fund this procedure. Titus says, “I get my income through working with my hands. Now that I cannot use them, I feel so bad. I don’t want to burden my mother who is also struggling. Kindly help me.”

70% funded

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$277to go