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Success! Mary from Kenya raised $712 to fund the purchase of hearing aids.

Mary
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Fully funded
Mary's treatment was fully funded on December 23, 2017.

Photo of Mary post-operation

August 17, 2017

Mary received hearing aids.

Mary had the hearing aids fitted by her audiologist. She looked happy and could respond to sounds. With time, she is expected to improve on her hearing and speech development.

Mary’s mother says, “I hope to be able to talk with my child soon. Thank you Watsi for the support given to me. God bless you.”

Mary had the hearing aids fitted by her audiologist. She looked happy and could respond to sounds. With time, she is expected to improve on ...

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July 12, 2017

Meet three-year-old Mary from Kenya. She is youngest of two children, and her mother shares that she is a happy and playful child.

Mary has been diagnosed with a congenital hearing condition known as sensorineural hearing loss. This results from a combination of damage to the inner ear and/or hearing nerve. Mary is unable to perceive sound with clarity, and she is yet to develop speech. Without early intervention, Mary’s hearing impairment may become a barrier for her as she learns to speak and later, when she attends school.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, has arranged for Mary to be fitted with hearing aids on July 20. Her parents have contributed $104 towards the costs but need our help to pay for the remaining $712.

Mary’s mother says, “I would like to talk with my child without her having hearing problems.”

Meet three-year-old Mary from Kenya. She is youngest of two children, and her mother shares that she is a happy and playful child. Mary ...

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Mary's Timeline

  • July 12, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 20, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mary received treatment at AIC Kijabe Hospital in Kenya. 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 10, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mary's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 17, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mary's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 23, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mary's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Hearing Aids - Moderate
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Patients who need hearing aids present with a variety of conditions, including cholesteatoma, conductive hearing loss, ear drainage, sensorineural hearing loss, otitis media-inflammation of the middle ear, or a perforated ear drum/tear in the ear drum. Patients are unable to perceive speech and sounds, leading to impaired speech.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Patients are unable to perceive speech and sounds, they have impaired speech and language development, impaired communication, difficulties in learning, and avoidance/withdrawal from social situations.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

The prevalence of disabling hearing loss in children and adults is greatest in Sub-Saharan Africa, south Asia and Asia Pacific. Certain infections (e.g. meningitis and ear infections) may cause hearing loss if not treated promptly.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Patients are fitted for hearing aids, which are electrical devices that assist in optimizing perception of speech and other sounds. They amplify sound and thus improve hearing. They are designed for hearing impaired individuals. A basic hearing aid consists of a microphone (collects sound energy), amplifier (increases amplitude of impulses collected), earphone/receiver (converts electrical energy into sound), battery (provides power supply), and mould (holds the hearing aid in place and acts like a seal and volume control). Generally, they can be categorized by technology and style. Selection depends on hearing loss, cosmetic appearance, and cost.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

Patients will gain the ability to perceive speech and sounds, have improved speech and language development, improved learning ability, and active participation in social situations.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Not using the optimal hearing aid or not using it in the correct way could lead to uncomfortable side effects, including bad fitting, headaches and tinnitus (ringing in the ear), and improper sound level and quality. However, this can be easily avoided and fixed with the assistance of an audiologist.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

There are few quality centers with the specialized personnel (audiologists and ENT doctors) that offer this kind of service, but the cost of hearing aids is a major deterrent for patients to access care.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

For many hearing disorders, there is no actual available cure. However, there are assistive devices like hearing aids and promising new treatments that allow patients to manage their hearing disorders.

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Samuel is a hard working and handsome young 17-year-old. He is the second born in a family of four children. As his mother puts it, Samuel is a very obedient, hardworking, and kind boy. Samuel left high school after seeing how his mother was straining with his father being sick, so he started doing any casual work available to try and support his mother's efforts. Their family has encountered many challenges leaving Samuel's mother feeling helpless and frustrated. They shared that this is a hard moment for their family as Samuel's grandmother recently passed away and now Samuel has been in an accident. On January 15th, as Samuel was walking along the side of the road, a car hit him and the driver ran away. Samuel is experiencing pain from the fracture injury that resulted from the accident. If not treated, he may have malunion, where his leg may be permanently impacted and he may never be able to fully use his leg again. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On January 27th, Samuel will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. Following surgery, Samuel will no longer be in pain. His leg will heal and he will be able to walk. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,049 to fund this procedure. “I left school to assist my mother, and now this has happened. I feel very frustrated and hope someone can assist me so that as soon as I get well, I can start working again to support my mother and our family,” said Samuel looking very concerned.

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