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Success! Jane from the Philippines raised $1,323 to fund a thyroidectomy so she can finally feel herself again.

Jane
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Fully funded
Jane's treatment was fully funded on October 2, 2022.

Photo of Jane post-operation

October 16, 2022

Jane underwent a life-changing thyroidectomy surgery.

Jane’s thyroidectomy was a success! After three years of enduring her symptoms, she’s now free from pain and discomfort. She also doesn’t need to worry financially and can continue working for her family.

Jane said: “I’m so excited to see myself without a mass on my neck. The surgery helped me regain my self-confidence. I’m also excited to move without limitations, and to help support my family. Thank you, World Surgical Foundation Philippines and Watsi for helping me get this surgery.”

Jane’s thyroidectomy was a success! After three years of enduring her symptoms, she's now free from pain and discomfort. She also doesn't ne...

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May 1, 2022

Jane is a loving mother from the Philippines. She has an adorable 8-month-old baby boy. Jane works as as a municipal administrative aide, while her husband works as a contractual college teacher. However, even with their combined salaries, they still cannot afford to cover her medical treatment.

In 2019, Jane began to experience troubling symptoms, including a painful, palpable mass on her neck. She was diagnosed with a nodular goiter, which is a solid or fluid-filled lump that forms within the thyroid. However, due to financial constraints, she opted to take the doctor’s prescribed medicine to alleviate the symptoms instead of having the surgery she needs.

Fortunately, our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines, is helping Jane finally undergo treatment. She is scheduled for a thyroidectomy on May 3rd at Our Lady of Peace Hospital. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $1323, and she and her family need help raising money for this life-changing care.

“Once this surgery is done, I won’t have to endure this pain. Thank you World Surgical Foundation Philippines and Watsi for this opportunity to be treated. Now, we don’t have to worry about where to get the money for my treatment,” Jane shared with relief.

Jane is a loving mother from the Philippines. She has an adorable 8-month-old baby boy. Jane works as as a municipal administrative aide, wh...

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Jane's Timeline

  • May 1, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Jane was submitted by Abegail Joy Cervania, Marketing and Communications Officer at World Surgical Foundation Philippines.

  • May 2, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Jane's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 3, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Jane received treatment at Our Lady of Peace Hospital in Philippines. 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.

  • October 2, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Jane's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 16, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Jane's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 31 donors

Funded by 31 donors

Treatment
Thyroidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,323 for Jane's treatment
Hospital Fees
$238
Medical Staff
$330
Medication
$180
Supplies
$166
Labs
$284
Radiology
$11
Other
$114
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

People with goiter often have an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland which can lead to the appearance of a mass or swelling in the neck. The signs and symptoms of goiter can vary and may include tiredness, a decrease or increase in weight, low or increased appetite, depression, dryness of skin and hair, sleepiness, diarrhea or constipation and menstrual irregularities (for women).

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Living with goiter limits the patient's physical activities, due to soreness or tiredness, frequent coughing, hoarseness, and difficulty breathing. If untreated, this could lead to the detrimental reduction of overall capacity and even death among susceptible patients.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Especially when left untreated, people with goiter can tend to be socially excluded from their communities, due to the stigma against people with physical deformities. These may be in the form of lack of employment opportunities, loss of connection with peers, even family, discrimination based on false beliefs on physical deformities (e.g. generational curses because of slights against higher beings).

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

The surgical team at the care center facility will safely remove the mass in the patient's neck.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

If there are no complications after the procedure, the patient will be prescribed thyroid hormone replacement medication to avoid hypothyroidism. The patient is expected to make a full recovery and live a healthy and better future.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Some of the potential side effects of the surgery include bleeding, infection, hypoparathyroidism, permanent hoarse or weak voice due to nerve damage.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

The care facility is equipped and accessible to handle this procedure for patients within capital region. Patients may need to travel there from outside of the regional to access care.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Patients experiencing goiter look for medications such as, aspirin or corticosteroid infused capsules that will help stabilize the growth or swelling.

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