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Success! Harriet from Uganda raised $333 for life-changing thyroid surgery.

Harriet
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  • $333 raised, $0 to go
$333
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Harriet's treatment was fully funded on October 10, 2021.

Photo of Harriet post-operation

November 22, 2021

Harriet underwent life-changing thyroid surgery.

Harriet had a successful surgery at Rushoroza Hospital that helped remove the swollen thyroid that had greatly impacted her way of life. She has new hope that she’ll be able to carry her agricultural produce comfortably and will live a more productive life. Her family is very happy to see her recovering well.

Harriet says, “My family and I are very happy. I never thought I could look normal again and be able to perform my day-to-day duties like I used to before. I am very hopeful that I will live an improved life after my recovery.”

Harriet had a successful surgery at Rushoroza Hospital that helped remove the swollen thyroid that had greatly impacted her way of life. She...

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September 30, 2021

Harriet is a small scale farmer and a mother of six. Her husband passed away 15 years ago and she lives in a three-room house with her children. Harriet’s firstborn studied up through primary school class six and is now 20 years old and married. Her last born is 13 years old.

One and a half years ago, Harriet began to experience troubling symptoms, including neck and chest pains accompanied by an increasing swelling on her neck. She has never visited any health facility for medical attention due to a lack of funds. She occasionally develops swollen eyes and can no longer carry heavy loads on her head. In addition, Harriet reports that she experiences airway blockage especially when she goes to bed.

She decided to visit Rushoroza Hospital to seek medical attention. She was diagnosed with thyrotoxic goitre and after a review by the surgeon, a thyroidectomy is recommended. She is unable to raise the funds needed and requests assistance. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Harriet receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on October 5th at our medical partner’s care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $333, and she and her family need help raising money.

Harriet says, “I pray that I may be considered for surgery. I hope to live a normal life again and be able to continue with farming comfortably to further develop and sustain my family.”

Harriet is a small scale farmer and a mother of six. Her husband passed away 15 years ago and she lives in a three-room house with her child...

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Harriet's Timeline

  • September 30, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 1, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Harriet's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 10, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Harriet's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 12, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Harriet received 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.

  • November 22, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Harriet's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Thyroidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $333 for Harriet'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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