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Success! Magret from Uganda raised $333 to fund life-changing thyroid surgery.

Magret
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  • $333 raised, $0 to go
$333
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Magret's treatment was fully funded on August 3, 2022.

Photo of Magret post-operation

August 11, 2022

Magret underwent life-changing thyroid surgery.

Margret had a successful surgery that helped remove her swelling that has been slowly increasing in size for the past two years. She believes and hopes that she will be able to live a more productive life now and have more strength to continue farming. Her family was very happy and very much thanks all the donors for making her surgery a success through their financial support. She is happy to be back home!

Margret shared, “I am very happy and can’t thank enough both Rushoroza hospital and the donors for making my surgery a success. May God bless and reward you!”

Margret had a successful surgery that helped remove her swelling that has been slowly increasing in size for the past two years. She believe...

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March 17, 2022

Magret is a small-scale farmer and a loving mother of seven. She lost her husband twenty-five years ago. On her own, she managed to put up a three-room mud house to shelter her children.

Two years ago, Magret began to experience troubling symptoms, including neck swelling and severe pain while swallowing. She was diagnosed with a Non-Toxic Nodular Goitre and needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Magret receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on March 18th at our medical partner’s care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $333, and she and her family need help raising money.

Magret says, “My family and I cannot afford the surgery, yet I hope to get well. I desire to live a normal life again. I request the donors support my surgery so that I may be able to live a better and more productive life.”

Magret is a small-scale farmer and a loving mother of seven. She lost her husband twenty-five years ago. On her own, she managed to put up a...

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Magret's Timeline

  • March 17, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 18, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Magret received treatment at Rushoroza Hospital 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 18, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Magret's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 3, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Magret's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 11, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Magret's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Thyroidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $333 for Magret's treatment
Hospital Fees
$233
Medical Staff
$12
Medication
$9
Supplies
$51
Labs
$12
Other
$16
  • 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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