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Success! Twebaze from Uganda raised $293 to fund removal of a multi-nodular goiter.

Twebaze
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Twebaze's treatment was fully funded on September 24, 2020.

Photo of Twebaze post-operation

September 24, 2020

Twebaze underwent removal of a multi-nodular goiter.

Twebaze had a successful surgery that helped remove her neck swelling that has been progressively increasing in size for the past 30 years. Through the surgery, she will finally be able to resume farming comfortably. Her husband is also very happy and thankful to both Rushoroza hospital and the Watsi program for the job well done, and that his wife could finally feel and look normal again after so many years. They have now headed home and she is feeling well!

Twebaze told us, “I thank Watsi and Rushoroza hospital for making my surgery a success. I pray to God that the Watsi program may grow and extend to all parts of the world to benefit all the needy people like we have benefited. I am looking forward to comfortably resuming farming as soon as possible.”

Twebaze had a successful surgery that helped remove her neck swelling that has been progressively increasing in size for the past 30 years. ...

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September 2, 2020

Twebaze is a subsistence farmer from Uganda and a mother of nine. Her first born is now 38 years old and completed primary school class seven while her last born is 8 years old and is currently in third grade. She and her husband are small-scale farmers, and he also serves as a church catechist.

More than 30 years ago ago, Twebaze began to experience troubling symptoms, including difficulty breathing. She was diagnosed with Multi-Nodular Non-Toxic Goitre and needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Twebaze receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on September 3rd at our medical partner’s care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $293, and Twebaze and her family need your support to cover the cost of the treatment.

“I hope I will be considered for support because my family cannot assist me financially. Given the opportunity, I will proceed with farming to be able to sustain my family, that is, after complete recovery,” shared Twebaze.

Twebaze is a subsistence farmer from Uganda and a mother of nine. Her first born is now 38 years old and completed primary school class seve...

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Twebaze's Timeline

  • September 2, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Twebaze was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • September 03, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Twebaze received 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.

  • September 03, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Twebaze's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 24, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Twebaze's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 24, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Twebaze's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Thyroidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $293 for Twebaze's treatment
Hospital Fees
$199
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$24
Supplies
$36
Labs
$20
Other
$14
  • 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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Owembabazi

Owembabazi is a bursar from Uganda and a single mother of a 4-year-old. She is not married yet because, she shared, she has not yet met a suitable man. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and works as an assistant bursar at a secondary school in Uganda. She currently lives with her mother and likes listening to Gospel music during her free time. Three weeks ago, she developed severe abdominal and back pains that restrict her from even bending down easily and sleeping. She decided to come to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Rushoroza Hospital to seek medical advice. At Rushoroza, she presented with a history of left severe pain associated with an ovarian mass that has been progressively increasing in size. If not treated, severe pain could stop her from doing her day to day activities. It could also be cancerous thus spreading to other body organs. Owembabazi has been sidelined by the COVID19 situation because she no longer receives a salary since the schools closed in March. She is currently on her own and seeks financial support. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Owembabazi receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a curative laporotomy, a surgery to remove cancerous tissue, on October 7th at our medical partner's care center. This procedure will cost $284, and Owembabazi needs your support. Owembabazi says, “I pray that I get well through surgery because I am in severe pain. I will resume my usual duties as an assistant bursar once the government lifts the ban on secondary schools.”

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