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Success! Alex from Kenya raised $929 to fund hearing aids and treatment.

  • $929 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Alex's treatment was fully funded on November 23, 2020.

Photo of Alex post-operation

June 22, 2020

Alex underwent treatment so that he can hear.

Alex’s treatment was a success! He had hearing aids fitted by doctors at our medical partner’s facility. He is able to clearly perceive sound and with time, he will develop his speech and have a better quality of life. His parents are grateful for the support that was provided to their son.

Alex’s father shared, “God bless you for your kind gesture. We are honored and delighted to know that soon, our son will be able to speak.”

Alex's treatment was a success! He had hearing aids fitted by doctors at our medical partner's facility. He is able to clearly perceive soun...

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April 9, 2020

Alex is a four-year-old playful boy. He has struggled with his hearing since birth. However, the condition became known when he has 9 months old. His parents took him to different hospitals seeking care. He had several tests run over the period. In 2020, his parents were advised to seek care at Watsi’s Medical Partner Care Center Kijabe Hospital where Alex had hearing aids recommended. He only perceives loud noises or barely speaks.

Alex’s parents are peasants from Nyeri county. His father works as a miner in a stone quarry near their home while his mother is a housewife. Their daily income is about $4 which is too low to meet the cost required. Alex has one sibling and together, they live with their parents in a two-roomed rental house. His father appeals for financial assistance.

Alex’s father says, “Our hope is to see Alex being able to talk and lead a normal life.”

Alex is a four-year-old playful boy. He has struggled with his hearing since birth. However, the condition became known when he has 9 months...

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Alex's Timeline

  • April 9, 2020

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

  • April 09, 2020

    Alex's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 23, 2020

    Alex received treatment at AIC Kijabe Hospital. 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, 2020

    Alex's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 23, 2020

    Alex's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 20 donors

Funded by 20 donors

Hearing Aids - Severe
  • 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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Saran is a mother of seven with three sons, four daughters, and seven grandchildren. Saran and her husband are both rice farmers. They also raise cows and pigs, and she enjoys feeding them every day. After each harvest season ends, she and her husband like to plant vegetables to earn extra money. In her free time, Saran likes to watch TV and listen news on the radio. Ten years ago, Saran developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her irritation, itchiness, and a pinkish tissue growth over her eye. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Saran learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours with her husband seeking treatment. Saran needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of her procedure is $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for February 1st. Saran shared, "I hope that after surgery my eye will look better, and that I will be able to go anywhere without being ashamed about my eye. I look forward to returning to taking care of grandchildren and helping my husband with the farm."

37% funded

$135to go

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