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Success! Ajira from Tanzania raised $609 to fund surgery to help her breathe.

Ajira
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$609
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$0
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Fully funded
Ajira's treatment was fully funded on December 1, 2018.

Photo of Ajira post-operation

November 6, 2018

Ajira underwent surgery to help her breathe.

Ajira’s surgery went well. Her enlarged adenoids were successfully removed.

Ajira’s father says, “I don’t know how to even thank you for what you have done to help our daughter, may God bless you and give you more strength to help more people.”

Ajira’s surgery went well. Her enlarged adenoids were successfully removed. Ajira’s father says, “I don’t know how to even thank you for...

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October 17, 2018

Ajira is a young student from Tanzania. She is the first born in a family of two children. Her best subject is art, and she loves drawing and painting.

For two years, Ajira has been experiencing difficulty breathing and sleeping. She was recently diagnosed with enlarged adenoids, which are the soft tissue behind the nasal cavity. Without treatment, this condition will cause Ajira’s symptoms to persist and possibly even intensify.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $609 to fund an adenoidectomy for Ajira, which is scheduled to take place on October 19. Surgeons will remove her adenoids, hopefully relieving Ajira of her symptoms and helping her live more comfortably.

Ajira’s father says, “We have not been able to take our daughter to hospital due to financial challenges. Please help our daughter.”

Ajira is a young student from Tanzania. She is the first born in a family of two children. Her best subject is art, and she loves drawing an...

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Ajira's Timeline

  • October 17, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 19, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ajira received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC) in Tanzania. 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.

  • October 20, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ajira's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 6, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ajira's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 1, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ajira's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Treatment
Adenoidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $609 for Ajira'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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Paw

Paw is a 24-year-old woman from Thailand. Originally from Burma, Paw, her husband, their three daughters and her parents fled in March 2021 after the Burmese military shot rockets into their village. In Thailand, as refugees, they cannot work, and have temporarily moved in with Paw's brother and his family. They receive rice from her brother's neighbors, while her brother's family provides them with vegetables and curries. In July 2021, Paw's parents and her two older daughters went back to their village when they felt it was safe to do so. Meanwhile, her husband and her three-month-old baby have stayed with her while she receives treatment in Chiang Mai. Two years ago, Paw noticed a mass on the right side of her neck. Her neighbor suggested she apply a natural remedy, but unfortunately, the mass remained and grew over time. In September 2019, she visited a local hospital in Thailand with her husband, but the surgery recommended was too expensive. She experiences pain near the site of the mass, and the mass is still growing. Paw sought treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). She is scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on August 16th, and now she needs to raise $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Paw shared, “I felt embarrassed and very upset when I first noticed that I had this problem. I will feel a lot better after my surgery because I have needed to receive it since I first went to see the doctor in 2019. In the future I want to look after my children and send them to school.”

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$1,290raised
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