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Success! Amparo from the Philippines raised $923 to fund thyroid surgery.

Amparo
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  • $923 raised, $0 to go
$923
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Amparo's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Amparo post-operation

August 29, 2017

Amparo underwent thyroid surgery.

Amparo underwent a successful total thyroidectomy procedure. She was delighted with the results of the surgery, and she was very thankful to all people who helped her have this surgery for free. She felt lucky and privileged that she was given the chance to be treated. She is more confident now. She can now work with ease and without discomfort.

She says, “Thank you so much.”

Amparo underwent a successful total thyroidectomy procedure. She was delighted with the results of the surgery, and she was very thankful to...

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March 8, 2017

Amparo is a 50-year-old woman from the Philippines. She lives with her husband and son. Her family’s main source of income is fishing, and Amparo sells seashells and cooks and sells food to supplement her husband’s income.

Three years ago, Amparo noticed a lump in her throat and began experiencing difficulty swallowing. A physician diagnosed her with a goiter, or benign swelling of the thyroid gland in the neck. However, Amparo was unable to afford medical follow-up. Over time, her thyroid has continued to increase in size, causing pain and discomfort and limiting her ability to provide for her family.

On March 13, surgeons at our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM), will perform a thyroidectomy procedure to remove some or all of her thyroid gland, helping to resolve the symptoms of goiter. ICM is requesting $923 to cover Amparo’s surgery.

Amparo is grateful for the chance to receive treatment, and looks forward to life after the surgery. She says, “I am thankful that I was given a chance to be treated…After the treatment, I am looking forward to a better life.”

Amparo is a 50-year-old woman from the Philippines. She lives with her husband and son. Her family's main source of income is fishing, and A...

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Amparo's Timeline

  • March 8, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Amparo was submitted by Krishiel Ferenal, National Health Officer at International Care Ministries, our medical partner in Philippines.

  • March 09, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Amparo's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 13, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Amparo received treatment at Western Visayas Medical Center. 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.

  • August 29, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Amparo's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Amparo's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Thyroidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $923 for Amparo's treatment
Hospital Fees
$189
Medical Staff
$333
Medication
$100
Supplies
$0
Travel
$139
Other
$162
  • 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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.