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Tumusiime is a 54-year-old farmer from Uganda who needs $293 to fund a thyroidectomy.

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April 5, 2021

Tumusiime shared, “I’m praying for my surgery to go well. I hope the lengthy struggles shall come to a stop and I will regain my ability to work on the farm once again.”

Tumusiime is a 54-year-old woman and a married mother of seven children. Her oldest child is 27 and recently started a diploma course in accounting, while her youngest is 12 years old and in primary school. All of her other children are still in primary and secondary schools at different levels. Tumusiime shared that they are struggling to raise the school fees for their children. She and her husband are small scale farmers, and they own a four-room semi-permanent house for their family’s shelter.

12 years ago, Tumusiime began experiencing troubling symptoms, including anterior neck swelling and airway obstruction. She is not able to carry heavy loads on her head and strains to turn her neck. She was diagnosed with nontoxic nodular goiter and she needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $293 to fund Tumusiime’s treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on April 6th at AMH’s care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland so that she can heal and continue with her day-to-day life with greater ease.

Tumusiime shared, “I'm praying for my surgery to go well. I hope the lengthy struggles shall come to a stop and I will regain my ability to ...

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Tumusiime's Timeline

  • April 5, 2021

    Tumusiime was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • April 8, 2021

    Tumusiime was scheduled to receive treatment at Rushoroza 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 8, 2021

    Tumusiime's profile was published to start raising funds.


    Tumusiime is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD

    Awaiting Tumusiime's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $293 for Tumusiime's treatment
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 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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Kyokusiima is a 44-year-old small businesswoman and a single mother to one daughter who is in the seventh grade. Her husband left their family many years ago. Kyokusiima operates a small retail shop to make ends meet for her and her daughter. For the last two years, Kyokusiima has had lower abdominal pain, menorrhagia and associated back pains. The condition has grown more severe with time, and efforts to manage with painkillers have not been fruitful. Kyokusiima has been to several health centres and was referred to a gynaecologist for further review, but could not visit them due to financial hurdles. When Kyokusiima was able to visit our medical partner's care center Nyakibale Hospital, she underwent scans that indicated she had multiple myomas. She was recommended to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy surgery, where surgeons would remove her uterus. Without this procedure, she might suffer from anaemia in the future. However, Kyokusiima is not able to raise the funds needed for surgery and appeals for financial support. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Kyokusiima's surgery. On April 23rd, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Kyokusiima will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Kyokusiima shared, “I hope that once I undergo this operation, I will be relieved from bleeding and other symptoms like backache which have made my life miserable. I will continue with my shop so that I can educate my daughter not to suffer as I did.”

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