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Success! Shallon from Uganda raised $333 to fund a thyroidectomy so she can breath more easily and keep farming.

Shallon
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  • $333 raised, $0 to go
$333
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Shallon's treatment was fully funded on December 4, 2022.

Photo of Shallon post-operation

December 22, 2022

Shallon underwent a thyroidectomy so she can breath more easily and keep farming.

Shallon had a successful surgery at Rushoroza Hospital. The surgery helped remove the neck swelling that had been progressively increasing in size. She could no longer work comfortably but is finally hopeful that she will be able to resume farming and live a more productive life with her family. She was discharged home without any issues.

Shallon says, “Thank you to my donors and Rushoroza Hospital for making my surgery a success. I had lost hope because my family and I could not afford the surgery. I will be able to continue with farming once I am better.”

Shallon had a successful surgery at Rushoroza Hospital. The surgery helped remove the neck swelling that had been progressively increasing i...

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November 1, 2022

Shallon is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. She and her husband work hard to support their seven children, some of whom are in school. Farming is their major source of income.

The family lives in a three-roomed mud-built house. Their firstborn is 34 years old and not employed, while their youngest child is 15 years old and in primary school class seven.

Three years ago, Shallon began to experience troubling symptoms, including airway obstruction and neck swelling. The swelling has been increasing progressively in the past few months. She was diagnosed with non-toxic nodular goitre, and needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Shallon receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on November 3rd 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.

Shallon says, “I pray that I will be funded for this treatment so that I may continue to live a normal life. I hope to continue farming comfortably after recovery.”

Shallon is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. She and her husband work hard to support their seven children, some of whom are in school. Far...

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Shallon's Timeline

  • November 1, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 4, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Shallon's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 9, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Shallon 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.

  • December 4, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Shallon's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 22, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Shallon's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Thyroidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $333 for Shallon'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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