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Success! Annet from Congo raised $252 to fund a thyroidectomy so she can live free of pain and discomfort.

Annet
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  • $252 raised, $0 to go
$252
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Annet's treatment was fully funded on December 28, 2022.

Photo of Annet post-operation

January 9, 2023

Annet underwent a thyroidectomy so she can live free of pain and discomfort.

Annet’s thyroidectomy was successful and she’s headed toward a complete recovery. She no longer has shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing and her voice is getting stronger.

Annet says, “I will always thank God and praise him so much for what he has done for me because I had given up on my life, but thanks so much to my donors for restoring my hope and health back.”

Annet's thyroidectomy was successful and she's headed toward a complete recovery. She no longer has shortness of breath or difficulty in bre...

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August 3, 2022

Annet is a hardworking small-scale farmer. She is originally from Congo but currently lives in southwest Uganda, where she settled down and started her family. She is a single mother of three children and unfortunately lost her husband to the war in Congo. Since she supports her family alone, she trades in coffee from time to time to supplement her income from the farm.

Three years ago, Annet began experiencing troubling symptoms, including neck swelling and breathing problems. She also could not carry heavy luggage on her head like other women in the village. She was diagnosed with multinodular goitre, meaning she has enlarged thyroid glands. In order to alleviate her symptoms and heal her condition, Annet must undergo surgery. However, she cannot fund her needed procedure due to financial constraints.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Annet receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on August 4th at AMHF’s care center, where surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. Now, Annet needs help funding this $252 procedure.

Annet says, “I am all my children have got. With poor health, I won’t be in the position to sustain them, but I hope that with your support, all will be well.”

Annet is a hardworking small-scale farmer. She is originally from Congo but currently lives in southwest Uganda, where she settled down and ...

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Annet's Timeline

  • August 3, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Annet was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • August 3, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Annet 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.

  • August 4, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Annet's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 28, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Annet's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 9, 2023
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Annet's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

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