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Success! Gorete from Uganda raised $252 to fund a thyroidectomy so she can breathe easily.

Gorete
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Fully funded
Gorete's treatment was fully funded on March 25, 2022.

Photo of Gorete post-operation

April 8, 2022

Gorete underwent a thyroidectomy so she can breathe easily.

Gorete’s thyroidectomy surgery was a success! She returned home in good health and is able to swallow and breathe easily again. She looks forward to resuming her day-to-day work with much greater ease.

With a radiant smile, Gorete shared, “It’s something unbelievable, but the truth is that I am so happy for everything. I had lost hope in life and each time I could have a sleepless night due to difficulty in breathing, I could see my life-ending. Thank you so much for restoring my hope and health.”

Gorete's thyroidectomy surgery was a success! She returned home in good health and is able to swallow and breathe easily again. She looks fo...

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December 29, 2021

Gorete is a farmer and a mother of five with three daughters and two sons. One daughter and her youngest son are teachers, while her other two daughters are farmers and her eldest son is a builder. Gorete shared that her husband passed ten years ago and left her a coffee and banana farm from which she earns a living and has been able to educate her children. However, the lockdown in Uganda has made it difficult for her son to work and help her mother raise funds for her treatment.

Gorete has been experiencing swelling for twenty years; however, about three months ago, she also began to experience other symptoms, including shortness of breath, difficulty breathing while sleeping, and fatigue. She was diagnosed with an obstructing goiter and needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), is helping Gorete receive treatment. On January 4th, she will undergo a thyroidectomy at AMHF’s care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. AMHF is requesting $252 to fund Gorete’s surgery.

Gorete shared, “I struggle to breathe while trying to sleep, which makes my nights so long. I cannot afford the treatment; please help me.”

Gorete is a farmer and a mother of five with three daughters and two sons. One daughter and her youngest son are teachers, while her other t...

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Gorete's Timeline

  • December 29, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Gorete was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • January 4, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Gorete's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 19, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Gorete 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.

  • March 25, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Gorete's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 8, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Gorete's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Thyroidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $252 for Gorete'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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