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Success! Kyakwera from Uganda raised $170 to remove a painful thyroid goiter.

Kyakwera
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  • $170 raised, $0 to go
$170
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$0
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Fully funded
Kyakwera's treatment was fully funded on December 13, 2015.

Photo of Kyakwera post-operation

January 4, 2016

Kyakwera had her painful thyroid goiter removed.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, shares that Kyakwera “is now free from the severe pain and she will be able to feed.” Now that her goiter won’t be impeding on her ability to eat, she can return to her normal life with more energy. “Kyakwera will be able to work and take care of her children.”

“After this surgery, when I look at myself in a mirror, I look different- I look younger and happy,” Kyakwera shares. “I am so thankful to my donors and I am feeling so much better.”

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, shares that Kyakwera "is now free from the severe pain and she will be able to f...

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November 27, 2015

Meet Kyakwera, a 32-year-old woman from Uganda. Kyakwera is married with six children.

Kyakwera has a goiter, an abnormally large swelling of the thyroid gland. The pain from the condition has forced her to stop working, and “today, Kyakwera has severe pain while swallowing saliva or any kind of food. She cannot eat properly,” shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF).

Goiters are often caused by a lack of iodine in the diet. While usually harmless, if they grow too large, they can impede swallowing, as is the case for Kyakwera.

Kyakwera and her husband have a very small income. “She used to work on her garden but no longer has the strength to work due to this condition,” her doctor says. Kyakwera and her husband are unable to support their large family and afford the treatment that Kyakwera needs.

$170 can fund a thyroidectomy to remove her thyroid gland. “After the surgery, Kyakwera will stop having the severe pain and she will be able to eat,” AMHF explains. “Kyakwera will be able to work and take care of her children.”

Kyakwera shares, “I am hoping to go back home without any pain.”

Meet Kyakwera, a 32-year-old woman from Uganda. Kyakwera is married with six children. Kyakwera has a goiter, an abnormally large swelli...

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Kyakwera's Timeline

  • November 27, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Kyakwera was submitted by Beatrice Njoroge, Curative Medical Support Program Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • November 30, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kyakwera received treatment at Karoli Lwanga Hospital, Nyakibale. 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 11, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kyakwera's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 13, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kyakwera's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 04, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kyakwera's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

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Rosaline

Rosaline is a 23-year-old manual laborer from Kenya. When she was only 15 years old, young Rosaline was married and conceived her 1st born. A year later, she left her matrimonial home following constant quarrels and domestic violence from her then-husband. She went back to her ancestral home to live with her elderly mother. She currently has three children ages: 7, 4, and 2 years old. She was not able to complete a formal education. Rosaline lives in a one-room traditional house with her children. She depends on a small income she gets from fetching water for people in her village. On a good day, she makes $2, which she uses to feed her kids and take care of her basic needs. On days when there are no jobs, she relies on her siblings for food. Rosaline is the last born in a family of five. Her siblings do fishing in the nearby lake Baringo and don’t have a stable source of income either. In April 2020, Rosaline's traditional lessos and dress caught fire while cooking in her small makeshift kitchen. She shared that the space around the cooking area is small and can barely accommodate 2 people. As she was turning to pick up salt, her loose lessos and dress caught fire causing severe burns on more than 20% of her body. She now has difficulty sitting and is in pain. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Rosaline receive treatment. On September 22nd, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to this treatment will help her heal properly and she will no longer be in pain. Now, Rosaline needs help to fund this $1,185 procedure. Rosaline shared with us, “I have gone through a lot. Early marriage and break up, teen pregnancy, and now this accident. I have 3 children to feed and raise. I even had to discontinue my little baby from breastfeeding after I sustained the burns. I am in constant pain and at risk of getting infections. I am hopeful I will get to undergo this surgery so that I can take care of my young family.”

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$653raised
$532to go

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