Project #6703

Provide thyroid surgery for 20 Ecuadorians

by Blanca's House
$693 Raised
total goal
monthly donors
This project will provide much-needed thyroid surgery for 20 Ecuadorians in the Andean mountain region surrounding Guayaquil. With little or no access to medical care, thyroid disease goes untreated.


The prevalence of various thyroid diseases, specifically endemic goiter, is 20% higher in the mountainous areas of Ecuador surrounding Guayaquil due to an iodine-deplete water and diet. With little or no access to medical treatment, only those people with difficulty breathing are likely to seek medical attention. At that time, the thyroid mass has festered for years resulting in a large neck tumor restricting the airway. Surgery becomes the only option. Death is inevitable if not treated.


In May 2011, we will provide no-cost thyroid surgery for 20 patients. Patients will be educated in need for daily medication and monthly blood tests. If cancer is found, patients will receive radio-iodinetherapy to eradicate cancerous cells.

Long-Term Impact

Thyroid surgery is a life-saving procedure for all 20 patients. If cancer is found or if the airway is obstructed, thryroid diseases are curable with surgical intervention and medicinal and/or radiation therapy. Since 2008, 60 patients were treated

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

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Organization Information

Blanca's House

Location: Hicksville, New York - USA
Blanca's House
Project Leader:
Valerie Simpson
Hicksville, New York United States

Funded Project!

Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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