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Success! Olive from Kenya raised $625 to fund thyroid surgery.

Olive
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  • $625 raised, $0 to go
$625
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Olive's treatment was fully funded on July 22, 2019.

Photo of Olive post-operation

May 16, 2019

Olive underwent thyroid surgery.

Olive went through successful thyroidectomy. She was relieved of the swelling that was making her uncomfortable.

Olive went through successful thyroidectomy. She was relieved of the swelling that was making her uncomfortable....

April 14, 2019

Olive is a businesswoman from Kenya. She is married and a mother of four kids.

Three months ago, Olive began to experience troubling symptoms, including swelling on her neck. She has been diagnosed with a multinodular goiter. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Olive receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on April 15 at our medical partner’s care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $625, and she and her family need help raising money.

“I hope Watsi will support me so that I can get well and continue tending for my family,” said Olive.

Olive is a businesswoman from Kenya. She is married and a mother of four kids. Three months ago, Olive began to experience troubl...

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Olive's Timeline

  • April 14, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Olive was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare Foundation, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • April 16, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Olive 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.

  • April 17, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Olive's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 16, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Olive's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • TODAY
    FULLY FUNDED

    Olive's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 16 donors

Funded by 16 donors

Treatment
Thyroidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $625 for Olive's treatment
Hospital Fees
$414
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$23
Supplies
$101
Labs
$87
  • 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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