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Success! Kembabazi from Uganda raised $252 to fund thyroid surgery.

Kembabazi
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$252
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$0
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Kembabazi's treatment was fully funded on January 26, 2023.
September 26, 2022

Kembabazi is a 33 year old mother of three, living in Uganda. She sells roasted maize during the day, and also works at a hotel in the evening, in order to take care of her children and her aging parents, with whom she lives. As she is separated from her husband, she is the sole support for her family, and she works hard to realize her dream of making sure that her children receive a good education.

Five years ago, Kembabazi began to experience troubling symptoms, including shortness of breath and difficulty breathing. Additionally, she can hardly turn her neck to either side. After a visit to the doctor, she was diagnosed with a multinodular goiter, for which she needs surgery, to keep her symptoms from worsening.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Kembabazi to get the care that she needs. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on September 27th at Karoli Lwanga Hospital, Nyakibale, at which time surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. Kembabazi and her family need your help to raise the $252 needed to pay for this procedure.

Kembabazi says: “I have hopes that I will get well after I am given your support to undergo my surgery.”

Kembabazi is a 33 year old mother of three, living in Uganda. She sells roasted maize during the day, and also works at a hotel in the even...

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Kembabazi's Timeline

  • September 26, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 27, 2022
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Kembabazi 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.

  • September 29, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kembabazi's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 26, 2023
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kembabazi's treatment was fully funded.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Kembabazi's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

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