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Immaculate is a 32-year-old from Uganda who needs $333 to fund a thyroidectomy and continue with her dream of returning to school.

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August 9, 2021

Immaculate is 32-year-old homemaker and a mother of one child, who is three years old. Her husband graduated from the university recently with a degree in engineering, but is unfortunately struggling to find a job.

One year ago, Immaculate began to experience troubling symptoms including neck swelling, breathing problems, darkening skin, and weight loss. She visited a national hospital in the capital city of Uganda where several tests were performed, along with a scan of her neck, and she was eventually diagnosed with multinodular goiter. Unfortunately, she had difficulty scheduling the surgery because the hospital was overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients. She was prescribed medication, but requires surgery to treat her condition and to prevent her symptoms from worsening.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Immaculate receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on August 10th at AMH’s care center, where surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. Now, she and her family need help to fund this $333 procedure.

Immaculate shared, “I pray for a successful surgery to reduce the condition’s effects. I hope to return to school given my husband’s support but in my current condition, it may be difficult for me.”

Immaculate is 32-year-old homemaker and a mother of one child, who is three years old. Her husband graduated from the university recently wi...

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Immaculate's Timeline

  • August 9, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Immaculate was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • August 10, 2021
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Immaculate was scheduled to receive 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.

  • August 10, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Immaculate's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Immaculate is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Immaculate's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Thyroidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $333 for Immaculate's treatment
Hospital Fees
$233
Medical Staff
$12
Medication
$9
Supplies
$51
Labs
$12
Other
$16
  • 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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