Meet another patient

Watsi logo blueWatsi

Success! Precious from Kenya raised $714 to fund tonsil surgery to help her breath and sleep more easily.

Precious
100%
  • $714 raised, $0 to go
$714
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Precious's treatment was fully funded on November 9, 2021.

Photo of Precious post-operation

November 30, 2021

Precious underwent tonsil surgery to help her breath and sleep more easily.

Two year old Precious underwent a successful operation to remove both her adenoids and tonsils. She had an uneventful stay in hospital and was discharged home a day after her surgery.

Precious will no longer have difficulty sleeping. She’ll be able to breathe well now that her enlarged tonsils blocking the airways have been removed.

Precious’s mother says, “Precious has been a blessing to our family because she is the only daughter. It’s with great joy to see her well again after the surgery. Thank you Watsi for your kindness.”

Two year old Precious underwent a successful operation to remove both her adenoids and tonsils. She had an uneventful stay in hospital and w...

Read more
November 1, 2021

Precious is the firstborn child in her family. Her mother is in the grocery business while her father is a motorcycle taxi driver. Their young, happy family is still working hard to make ends meet and look for better jobs. Both are school graduates but they haven’t been employed due to a lack of job opportunities. Their family lives in a rental house in their small center of Bugar in Elgeyo-Marakwet County in Kenya.

Precious arrived to our partner’s hospital with difficulty breathing and sleeping. She was reviewed by the clinicians where she was diagnosed with enlarged tonsils. She has previously been treated in many other hospitals with medication that only offered short-term relief. In October, their family came across a pamphlet advertising surgical screening and decided to come to Kapsowar Hospital for a consultation. Very quickly after arriving at the hospital and seeing her condition, she was approved for surgery.

Precious has difficulty in sleeping and breathing due to the enlarged tonsils blocking her airways. Her parents are requesting financial support so that their daughter can undergo the surgery.

Precious’ mother says, “She doesn’t sleep well at night. She struggles to breathe and this makes me worried. I look forward to seeing her have a peaceful night every day.”

Precious is the firstborn child in her family. Her mother is in the grocery business while her father is a motorcycle taxi driver. Their you...

Read more

Precious's Timeline

  • November 1, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Precious was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • November 3, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Precious received 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.

  • November 4, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Precious's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 9, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Precious's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 30, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Precious's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Adenotonsillectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $714 for Precious's treatment
Hospital Fees
$453
Medical Staff
$3
Medication
$6
Supplies
$160
Labs
$25
Other
$67
  • 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.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.