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Success! Praygod from Tanzania raised $609 to fund surgery to help him breathe.

  • $609 raised, $0 to go
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Praygod's treatment was fully funded on December 6, 2018.

Photo of Praygod post-operation

November 6, 2018

Praygod underwent surgery to help him breathe.

Surgery was successful. He will now be able to breathe comfortably.

Praygod’s grandfather says, “Thank you very much for helping treat my grandchild. He has been through a lot. God bless you all.”

Surgery was successful. He will now be able to breathe comfortably. Praygod’s grandfather says, “Thank you very much for helping treat m...

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October 2, 2018

Praygod is a child from Tanzania. He is the only child to his single mother.

For one year, Praygod has been experiencing difficulty breathing and swallowing. This has affected his sleep and his eating. He was recently diagnosed with enlarged adenoids, which are the soft tissue behind the nasal cavity. Without treatment, this condition will cause Praygod’s symptoms to persist and possibly even intensify.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $609 to fund an adenoidectomy for Praygod, which is scheduled to take place on October 3. Surgeons will remove his adenoids, hopefully relieving Praygod of his symptoms and helping him live more comfortably.

Praygod’s grandfather says, “My grandson has been having this problem for a long time but we haven’t been able to help him due to the high cost of the surgery. Please help us if it’s possible.”

Praygod is a child from Tanzania. He is the only child to his single mother. For one year, Praygod has been experiencing difficulty breat...

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Praygod's Timeline

  • October 2, 2018

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

  • October 04, 2018

    Praygod received 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.

  • October 07, 2018

    Praygod's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 06, 2018

    Praygod's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 06, 2018

    Praygod's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $609 for Praygod'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?

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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Ko Myo Zaw is a 41-year-old man who lives with his wife in Burma. He and his wife used to work as a seamster and sew children’s clothing. However, Ko Myo stopped working more than a year ago because of his poor health and he now relies on his wife’s income. On the 18th of June 2018, Ko Myo developed pain in his left waist after sitting for a long time. He then had to stand up every two hours to reduce the pain. This continued for a few more months, until he was no longer able to work. A year after he first experienced these symptoms, he went to Myawaddy Hospital to see a doctor. He received an x-ray and ultrasound which revealed he has a kidney stone in his left kidney. The doctor gave him medication to breakup the stone and Ko Myo took the medication for one year. The medication reduced the pain during the first month, but returned a month after that. By the 29th of May 2019, he could no longer take the pain and went to see the doctor at Myawaddy Hospital. The doctor then gave him stronger medications to reduce the pain and break up the stone. At the suggestion of a neighbor, he decided to seek treatment at Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) across the border in Thailand, which he was told provides charitable health care. On 5th of October 2019, he arrived at MTC. The next day, he was brought to the local hospital where he received an ultrasound and an appointment to undergo laser treatment to breakup the kidney stone. He took out a loan to pay for the first round of treatment on November 24th, 2019. When he returned to the clinic in January to undergo a follow-up ultrasound, he was told they also found stones in his right kidney. Unable to pay for further treatment, Ko Myo was referred to Watsi Medical Partner Burma Children Medical Fund for assistance in accessing further treatment. Ko Myo's next appointment to undergo a second round of laser treatment will be on Jaunary 28th. He will complete treatment for the kidney stone in his left kidney, before he receives treatment for the stones in his other kidney. Currently, Ko Myo still has pain in his waist. Sometimes he feels tired and the area around his left waist feels hot. "Once I recover I would like to go back to work and pay back my loan," said Ko Myo.

76% funded

$360to go

Poe is a five-year old boy who lives with his family in Shwe Koke Ko village of Karen State in Burma. In his free time, Poe likes to play with his friends and toys. He also likes to eat sweets. Poe does not go to school because of his condition. Poe's mother and father are divorced, and both are remarried. His father lives and works in Bangkok, Thailand and he contributes to Poe’s financial wellbeing by giving the household 5000 baht (approx. $167 USD) per month. His mother does not provide the family with any extra income. Poe stays with his grandmother and great grandmother from his father's side. His grandmother works as a cleaner. The rest of the family does not currently have work. When Poe was eight months old, he got a severe fever and his family took him to the Wang Pha clinic near Mae Sot, Thailand, which is the same place where he was born. He was admitted at the clinic for three days, but his condition did not improve. Doctors at the clinic told his family to take him to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) for further investigation. The family immediately took him to MSH and he was admitted for one week. At MSH, he received a blood test and was diagnosed with Thalassemia, a blood disorder. He received a blood transfusion and after the transfusion, Poe felt better, but only temporarily. His family went back for three follow-up appointments to MSH, where he had blood transfusions each time. When he was one year and five months old, the family could not afford going to MSH any longer, so they took Poe to Myawaddy Hospital. He received another blood transfusion and an IV line. He was admitted for three days at the hospital. Although he felt better after getting discharged in Myawaddy, since his condition is chronic, he needs regular blood transfusions to stay healthy. It became increasingly difficult for the family to pay for Poe’s care, however, they decided to come to Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) for further help in 2016. Since then, he has received many blood transfusions at MTC, sometimes monthly and sometimes bi-monthly. With these treatments, he is able to survive. However, his condition also affects his spleen, the organ that filters blood. To prevent further problems, medics at MTC told his family that doctors need to remove Poe's spleen. Since it cannot be done at MTC, he needs to go back to MSH to undergo the operation. Currently, Poe has frequent bloody noses, coughs up blood, and has blood in his stool. He feels better after having a transfusion, but it wears off in the weeks following the procedure. When its nearing time for another transfusion, he feels weak and tired. When asked what he wants to do when he grows up, Poe was adamant that he wanted to be a medic. “I want to help people,” he said. “When he sees people that are sick, he always tells me he feels sorry for them,” added his great grandmother.

87% funded

$189to go

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