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Success! Grace from Kenya raised $641 to fund a thyroidectomy.

Grace
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$641
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$0
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Fully funded
Grace's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Grace post-operation

July 26, 2017

Grace underwent a thyroidectomy.

Grace’s thyroidectomy was successful. She is feeling better after the surgery. Grace will now work in her garden without strain and will educate her children.

Grace’s sister says, “When I saw Grace coming out of the theater I was about to shed tears. I never knew such a time in life could come for her. She has been so sick of goiter. God is great.”

Grace's thyroidectomy was successful. She is feeling better after the surgery. Grace will now work in her garden without strain and will edu...

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April 28, 2017

Grace is a 43-year-old farmer who lives in a small village in Kenya. As a single parent of four children, she supports her family by selling her farm produce.

In 2004, Grace noticed a small swelling on her neck. She went to a hospital, where she was diagnosed with a goiter, or enlarged thyroid gland. She was advised to have surgery, but Grace decided not to go ahead with it.

However, her condition has now worsened, and she is experiencing chest pains, increased blood pressure, and inability to walk long distances.

Doctors at AIC Kapsowar Hospital, a care center affiliated with our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, have diagnosed Grace with a hyperthyroid goiter. Grace will undergo surgery on May 9 to remove her enlarged thyroid gland.

Grace needs our support to pay for her $641 medical bill. Let’s help Grace get back to work so that she can continue to look after her children.

Grace is a 43-year-old farmer who lives in a small village in Kenya. As a single parent of four children, she supports her family by selling...

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Grace's Timeline

  • April 28, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Grace was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • May 9, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Grace received treatment at AIC Kapsowar Hospital in Kenya. 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.

  • May 15, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Grace's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 26, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Grace's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Grace's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Thyroidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $641 for Grace's treatment
Hospital Fees
$227
Medical Staff
$247
Medication
$50
Supplies
$86
Labs
$31
  • 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. It 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 three to eight hours depending on the patient. Patients will stay in the hospital for a maximum of six to eight 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 case of thyroid cancer, the surgery is the patient’s best chance of preventing the spread of cancer and saving the patient’s life. In cases of hyperthyroidism, the treatment helps stabilize the hormones that regulate metabolism and effectively treat some of the patient's symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, anxiety etc.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Thyroid surgery is often 90% curative should diagnosis be done 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?

The hospital is a mission hospital in a remote area and patients may come from far away to access treatment.

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. Also, the cost of treating with radiotherapy and medication is higher than that of surgery.

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