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Innocent from Uganda raised $252 to fund thyroid surgery so she can breath easily again.

Innocent
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  • $252 raised, $0 to go
$252
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Innocent's treatment was fully funded on March 18, 2022.
June 22, 2022

Innocent has not yet undergone thyroid surgery.

Our medical partner shared an update that Innocent has had her surgery postponed. When she came for pre-operative review the surgeon asked that she first undergo a biopsy at the National Hospital to ensure the proper diagnosis and treatment. Our medical partner has asked that we help another patient in need right now and we hope to support Innocent once her treatment is scheduled in the future. Thank you for your understanding and kind support.

Our medical partner shared an update that Innocent has had her surgery postponed. When she came for pre-operative review the surgeon asked t...

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February 28, 2022

Innocent is farmer and a single mother with three children. Her elder son is in senior six of high school, her second is in senior four, and her youngest is in senior one. She holds a diploma in journalism, but hasn’t been able to get a job within her profession, despite trying so hard to apply for one.

She was married and her family lived in the capital area of Kampala. Her husband was a driver but was involved in a serious car accident where he lost his legs. They were renting a home and a time came when they couldn’t afford the high cost of living in Kampala. This led her to the decision to come back to stay with her parents in the village. Her father took up the role of helping to pay for her children’s school fees. She shared that ultimately the distance between her and her husband caused them to separate, but he is a supportive father. Innocent’s father has since passed away, but she has been able to keep her children in school through farming and acquiring loans from local community development groups.

About 24 years ago, Innocent began to experience troubling symptoms, including a large neck swelling which leads difficulty in breathing and inability to turn around well. She was diagnosed with Nodular Goiter and needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Innocent receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on March 1st at our medical partner’s care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $252, and she and her family need help raising money.

Innocent says, “I hope to get relief once operated on because I really need to be strong to meet the needs of my children.”

Innocent is farmer and a single mother with three children. Her elder son is in senior six of high school, her second is in senior four, and...

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Innocent's Timeline

  • February 28, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 1, 2022
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Innocent was scheduled to receive 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 1, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Innocent's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 22, 2022
    FUNDING ENDED

    Innocent is no longer raising funds.

  • June 22, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Innocent's treatment did not happen. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Thyroidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $252 for Innocent'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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Brian is an 11-year-old boy, living with his grandmother and two younger siblings. Brian's mother left when they were young and his grandmother has been raising them. She practices small scale farming on her land, in an effort to provide for the family. About a month ago, Brian came to his grandmother and told her that he was different from the other boys he knows. Brian's grandmother brought him to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, which means that he has an undescended testicle. His grandmother was told that Brian would need surgery to correct this condition. Without surgery, he risks infection, strangulation, cancer, and the possibility of infertility, down the road. Brian will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare. He is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on June 16th at Nazareth Hospital, and African Mission Healthcare Foundation is raising $483 to cover the total cost of Brian's procedure and care. After surgery, Brian will continue to be the active young man that he has always been, helping his grandmother to take care of his younger siblings, and secure in the knowledge that he is just like all of the other boys he knows. “My daughter left me with these children to struggle with them. And since they are my grandchildren, I love them and would not like any of them feeling unwell; especially Brian because he helps me a lot. I plead for support so that he can be treated and be well to continue assisting me and also be like the other boys,” said Brian's grandmother.

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