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Success! Kenyangi from Uganda raised $240 to fund a thyroidectomy.

Kenyangi
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  • $240 raised, $0 to go
$240
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Kenyangi's treatment was fully funded on December 20, 2017.

Photo of Kenyangi post-operation

August 3, 2017

Kenyangi underwent a thyroidectomy.

She should no longer experience pain or difficulty breathing and swallowing. This treatment will improve her quality of life.

Kenyangi says, “Thank you to Watsi for paying for my surgery which I could not afford. May God reward you and maintain the same spirit of saving our lives. I hope to continue to take care of primary pupils as their matron.”

She should no longer experience pain or difficulty breathing and swallowing. This treatment will improve her quality of life. Kenyangi s...

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June 24, 2017

Kenyangi is a 36-year-old single mother of one from Uganda. She works very hard to pay for her child to attend high school.

Kenyangi complains of a progressively enlarging neck swelling that has been present for about 15 years. What started as a small swelling gradually grew in size to the point where it is now difficult for her to swallow. Kenyangi tried herbal medicines and was even scheduled to have an operation, however the herbal medicines were unsuccessful and she was never surgically attended to due to a huge number of patients waiting for treatment.

Kenyangi has been diagnosed with a multinodular goitre and requires a thyroidectomy to help her condition. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $240 to cover the cost of the procedure, which is scheduled to take place on June 27. Once completed, this surgery should greatly improve Kenyangi’s quality of life, work, and well-being.

“I am grateful for the support being given to me by Watsi because I have spent a long time with this condition without money for the surgery and I hope to regain the normal appearance of the neck and swallow well without pain,” shares Kenyangi.

Kenyangi is a 36-year-old single mother of one from Uganda. She works very hard to pay for her child to attend high school. Kenyangi comp...

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Kenyangi's Timeline

  • June 24, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Kenyangi was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare Foundation, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • June 27, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kenyangi 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.

  • July 13, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kenyangi's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 03, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kenyangi's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 20, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kenyangi's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Thyroidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $240 for Kenyangi's treatment
Hospital Fees
$163
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$22
Supplies
$49
Labs
$6
  • 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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