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Success! Ruth from Uganda raised $252 to fund thyroid removal surgery.

Ruth
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  • $252 raised, $0 to go
$252
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Ruth's treatment was fully funded on October 16, 2021.

Photo of Ruth post-operation

December 7, 2021

Ruth underwent thyroid removal surgery.

Ruth is grateful for a successful surgery! She responded well postoperatively and is now able to breathe without difficulties and her voice has cleared. She hopes to resume her work with ease.

Ruth says “I couldn’t have afforded the cost of the surgery on my own and I am grateful for supporting me.”

Ruth is grateful for a successful surgery! She responded well postoperatively and is now able to breathe without difficulties and her voice ...

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October 11, 2021

Ruth is a 39-year-old farmer. She’s married with three children, who are all in school. Her husband is a hardworking businessman who works in a butchery in the town. Together their family lives in a small house with three rooms.

Three years ago, Ruth began to experience troubling symptoms, including anterior neck swelling, difficulty breathing and swallowing, increased heart palpitations and general body weakness. She was diagnosed with multinodular goitre. Ruth tried managing the condition with medication but it has not been improving. Her friends referred her to Nyakibale Hospital and on review, surgery was recommended to relieve her pain. Ruth needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Ruth receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on October 12th at our medical partner’s care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $252, and she and her family need help raising money.

Ruth says “I have had the worst experience with this condition. I hope to get better and resume farming after surgery.”

Ruth is a 39-year-old farmer. She's married with three children, who are all in school. Her husband is a hardworking businessman who works i...

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Ruth's Timeline

  • October 11, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 15, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ruth's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 16, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ruth's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 26, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ruth received treatment at Karoli Lwanga Hospital, Nyakibale 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.

  • December 7, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ruth's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Thyroidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $252 for Ruth's treatment
Hospital Fees
$163
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$22
Supplies
$49
Labs
$6
Other
$12
  • 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, anxiety etc.

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?

In Kenya, 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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