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Success! Brayan from Tanzania raised $609 to fund tonsil surgery.

Brayan
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  • $609 raised, $0 to go
$609
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Brayan's treatment was fully funded on January 8, 2018.

Photo of Brayan post-operation

December 7, 2017

Brayan underwent tonsil surgery.

Brayan’s large and obstructive adenoids were surgically removed to improve his breathing. He is doing much better. He can now sleep better without snoring or having sleep apnea.

Brayan’s mother says, “My son has been through so much struggle with his breathing. He used to wake up in the middle of the night crying. I am just glad that he now breathes and sleeps.”

Brayan’s large and obstructive adenoids were surgically removed to improve his breathing. He is doing much better. He can now sleep better w...

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October 17, 2017

Brayan is a nine-month-old boy from Tanzania. He is very active and loves playing with other babies. He is one in a family of four, and Brayan’s parents are small-scale farmers and business operators.

Since he was born, Brayan has had trouble breathing. His mother took him to the hospital, where the doctor diagnosed him with congenital pharyngeal tonsils. This means that his adenoids, the soft tissue behind the nasal cavity, are enlarged and blocking his airway. The doctor gave him medication, but he did not recover. If left untreated, this condition can cause difficulty breathing and swallowing, sore throats, recurrent infections, and sleep apnea.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $609 to fund Brayan’s surgery. He is scheduled for his operation at our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre, on October 19. After treatment, he will be able to breathe properly and engage fully in life and school moving forward.

“I and Brayan’s father will be very happy when Brayan gets treated,” his mother says. “We promise to take good care of him and to help him reach his goals in life by taking him to school when he grows up.”

Brayan is a nine-month-old boy from Tanzania. He is very active and loves playing with other babies. He is one in a family of four, and Bray...

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Brayan's Timeline

  • October 17, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 19, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Brayan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 23, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Brayan 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.

  • December 7, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Brayan's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 8, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Brayan's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

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