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December 27, 2017

Johnson is a child from Tanzania. He loves playing and helping his mother with chores. Johnson has one sibling, who he loves dearly. His parents are separated.

Since he was a few months old, Johnson has been experiencing difficulty swallowing and breathing. He was recently diagnosed with enlarged adenoids, which are the soft tissue behind the nasal cavity. Without treatment, this condition will cause Johnson’s symptoms to persist and possibly even intensify.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $609 to fund an adenoidectomy for Johnson, which is scheduled to take place on December 28. Surgeons will remove his adenoids, hopefully relieving Johnson of his symptoms and helping him live more comfortably.

Johnson’s mother says, “I am so glad that my son will be able to breath better. Thank you so much for helping us with treatment.”

Johnson is a child from Tanzania. He loves playing and helping his mother with chores. Johnson has one sibling, who he loves dearly. His par...

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Johnson's Timeline

  • December 27, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Johnson was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare Foundation, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • December 28, 2017
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Johnson was scheduled to receive treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC). 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.

  • January 03, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Johnson's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Johnson is currently raising funds for his treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Johnson's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare Foundation.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Adenoidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $609 for Johnson's treatment
Hospital Fees
$571
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$24
Supplies
$0
Labs
$14
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Infected adenoids may become enlarged or chronically infected. This condition can subsequently lead to obstructed breathing, snoring or sleep apnea, frequent sinus or ear infections, sore throat, difficulty swallowing, and habitual mouth breathing.

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

Patients will often experience frequent infections and obstructed breathing.

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

An adenoidectomy is one of the most common procedures performed worldwide, and it is not specific to our medical partner's region.

  • 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 about five days after surgery. They are discharged if there are no signs of swelling or infection.

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

After surgery, most children have fewer and milder throat infections and fewer ear infections. They also breathe more easily through the nose.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

An adenoidectomy is an operation with a long history of excellent results. It is usually performed with a tonsillectomy. In other words, both the adenoids and the tonsils are removed together.

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 resources to perform this procedure.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Infection of the adenoids can be treated with antibiotics. An adenoidectomy is required if the patient has frequent infections or ongoing breathing problems, and antibiotics do not help.

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