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Success! Denzel from Kenya raised $712 to fund hearing aids.

Denzel
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$712
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$0
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Fully funded
Denzel's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Denzel post-operation

June 22, 2017

Denzel successfully received hearing aids.

Denzel had his hearing aids fitted successfully, and is now able to perceive sound with better clarity than before. His audiologist is confident that he will be able to develop speech, improving his social and academic performance.

Denzel’s mother says, “I am grateful for the help given to me. I look forward to being able to converse with my child.”

Denzel had his hearing aids fitted successfully, and is now able to perceive sound with better clarity than before. His audiologist is confi...

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April 11, 2017

Denzel is a young, playful five-year-old boy growing up in Kenya. Living with his parents, he is the youngest in his family.

When Denzel was three years old, his parents noticed that he could not hear with clarity and that his speech was yet to develop. As a result, they took him to several hospitals. He was prescribed various drugs, but they did not lead to much improvement.

Due to his hearing problems, Denzel has experienced difficulties learning in school, interacting with others, and being able to express himself clearly. Denzel’s mother was finally referred to our medical partner’s care center, where Denzel was recommended to get hearing aids.

Denzel is currently scheduled to receive hearing aids to alleviate his moderate hearing loss on April 13. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $712 to cover the costs of the hearing aids and their handling.

Denzel’s mother is hopeful that the hearing aids will help, as she says, “I want my child’s hearing ability improved. I will be happy to talk with him soon.”

Denzel is a young, playful five-year-old boy growing up in Kenya. Living with his parents, he is the youngest in his family. When Denzel ...

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Denzel's Timeline

  • April 11, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Denzel was submitted by Maya Murao, Fellow at African Mission Healthcare.

  • April 12, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Denzel's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 13, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Denzel 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.

  • June 22, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Denzel's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Denzel's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 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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Kenneth

Kenneth is a moto-taxi driver hailing from Marakwet County in Kenya. Kenneth completed his secondary school education in 2014 but did not proceed to college due to a lack of funds. He lives in a single-roomed rental house and he depends on his low-paying job to pay rent and provide daily needs for his family. During the afternoon on Saturday, November 6th, Kenneth was involved in a hit-and-run road traffic accident with a motorbike when he was headed home from his daily hustle. He sustained injuries on his leg including a fracture of the left femur which was confirmed after doing an X-Ray. Kenneth was brought by his brothers to our medical partner's hospital where his fracture was immobilized and he was admitted to the surgical ward. He is currently unable to use or move his leg. He is also in immense pain. This road accident has been extremely tough for Kenneth and his family since he has been the only breadwinner. Now he is worried about the struggles his family might face if he is not treated. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On November 9th, Kenneth will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This surgery will rid him of the pain and restore his ability to use his leg. He is seeking financial support to help him undergo the surgery. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,145 to fund this procedure. Kenneth says, “I want to receive treatment [and] walk again so that I can be well and continue supporting my family.”

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