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Success! Idel from Kenya raised $714 to fund surgery to remove his tonsils and adenoids.

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Idel's treatment was fully funded on July 4, 2022.
May 18, 2022

Meet Idel, a four-year-old jovial boy who comes from Rayfarm, a highland in area of Kenya. Idel is a firstborn in family of two and his mother is a single mother. He stays with his grandparents and his sister, since his mother works helping in a house in a nearby town. Their family lives in a semi-permanent house and his grandparents are casual laborers who work on farms in their neighborhood.

Idel has had trouble breathing and eating. He has sleep apnea and his nose is blocked all the time. Multiple hospital visits and medications have unfortunately not helped.

Idel was reviewed by our medical partner’s general surgeon, who found that his tonsils and the adenoids had enlarged, necessitating surgery so he can breathe and eat easily. His grandfather cannot afford Idel’s surgery, and is therefore appealing for help from anyone who reads their story. He needs $714 to fund the surgery so he can grow up healthy.

Idels’s grandfather says, “It really scares me when I see my grandson’s condition worsening almost every day. I am worried about his future, kindly help him so he may be able to live a normal life.”

Meet Idel, a four-year-old jovial boy who comes from Rayfarm, a highland in area of Kenya. Idel is a firstborn in family of two and his moth...

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Idel's Timeline

  • May 18, 2022

    Idel was submitted by Beatrice Njoroge, Curative Medical Support Program Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • May 18, 2022

    Idel was scheduled to receive treatment at AIC Kapsowar 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.

  • May 23, 2022

    Idel's profile was published to start raising funds.


    Idel's treatment was fully funded.


    Awaiting Idel's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $714 for Idel's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

A tonsillectomy is a surgical procedure to remove tonsils. Tonsils are two small lymph glands located in the back of the throat. They house white blood cells to help fight infection but sometimes the tonsils themselves become infected. Tonsillectomy can be a treatment for breathing problems such as heavy frequent snoring and sleep apnea (periods in which one stops breathing during sleep) related to swollen tonsils; trouble swallowing chewy foods especially meats; bleeding of tonsils; cancer of the tonsils. Adenoidectomy removes glands behind the nose (adenoids). This surgery is done to remove infected adenoids which lead to difficulty breathing or swallowing. Symptoms indicative for a tonsillectomy or adenoidectomy include: fever, trouble swallowing, trouble breathing, swollen glands around the neck, and exudate on the tonsils.

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

In tonsillitis and adenoiditis, patients will often experience frequent infections and obstructed breathing and trouble swallowing or feeding. Frequently affects children and teens although adults of any age can acquire it.

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

Adenoidectomy and tonsillectomy are among the most common surgical procedures performed in children.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Patients are generally in the hospital for three days when the infected tonsils or adenoids are removed. The patient is discharged if there is no swelling or infection present.

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

After surgery, most children have fewer and milder throat infections, fewer ear infections, breathe easier through the nose, and can feed normally.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Adenoidectomy and tonsillectomy are very common procedures and typically low-risk.

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

There are few quality hospitals in our medical partner's region with the expertise and facilities to perform this procedure.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Infection of the adenoids and tonsils is treated with antibiotics. However, if a child has frequent infections, including ear and sinus (throat) infections, or if antibiotics do not help, or the child has ongoing breathing problems, a tonsillectomy or adenoidectomy is required.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.