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Success! Agapita from the Philippines raised $1,500 to fund thyroid removal.

  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Agapita's treatment was fully funded on March 26, 2017.

Photo of Agapita post-operation

March 13, 2017

Agapita underwent thyroid removal surgery.

After twenty years of living with this condition, Agapita underwent surgery with no complications. She is very happy with the result of the surgery, and she is recovering well. She no longer gets tired quickly, and she can swallow comfortably.

She says, “I feel so light physically and emotionally…Never in my life did I expect this to happen in my old age. Thank you so much, for you didn’t hesitate to help me.”

After twenty years of living with this condition, Agapita underwent surgery with no complications. She is very happy with the result of the ...

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January 5, 2017

Agapita is a 59-year-old woman who lives with her husband and son in the Philippines. For the past 20 years, she has lived with a mass on her neck, which causes her difficulty swallowing and occasional pain. She has also experienced blurry vision. Her symptoms continue to worsen, which has made working difficult.

Recently, Agapita was screened and diagnosed with a thyroid goiter, which means that part of her thyroid gland is enlarged. Doctors will surgically remove the goiter on January 13. Our medical partner, International Care Ministries, is requesting $1,500 to fund her surgery and hospital stay.

Agapita and her husband are farmers. She is looking forward to recovery, so that she can work and support her son’s education.

“This will really mean a lot to me and my family,” says Agapita. “After the surgery, I am planning to help my husband to supplement our income and let my son go back to school again. Thank you so much in advance for all your help, and may you be blessed more and more.”

Agapita is a 59-year-old woman who lives with her husband and son in the Philippines. For the past 20 years, she has lived with a mass on he...

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Agapita's Timeline

  • January 5, 2017

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

  • January 13, 2017

    Agapita received treatment at Silliman University Medical Center.

  • January 17, 2017

    Agapita's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 13, 2017

    Agapita's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • March 26, 2017

    Agapita's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,958 for Agapita's treatment
Subsidies fund $458 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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