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Everheart is a student from Kenya who needs $929 to fund hearing treatment and devices.

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April 29, 2020

Everheart is a primary school student from central Kenya. His hearing has always been low since he was young. His family thought it was his tonsils that had problems and, after he received a tonsillectomy when he was 4 years old, they thought he would recover. Unfortunately, he did not improve as expected.

The family has been going from one hospital to another seeking assistance before a friend recommended they visit Watsi’s Medical Partner Care Center Kijabe Hospital. When he came to Kijabe, Everheart had an ABR test done, and hearing aids were recommended. He struggles to hear in class but hopes that hearing aids will improve his hearing and learning.

Everheart is the youngest child in his family. He had two siblings, but unfortunately, he lost his eldest brother. He lives with his sister’s family since he lost his mother and his father has neglected them. His sister is a general worker in a tea plantation with limited income to meet the cost of treatment as well as their family’s basic needs.

Everheart’s sister says, “Please help my brother with the aids. I am confident that they will assist him greatly.”

Everheart is a primary school student from central Kenya. His hearing has always been low since he was young. His family thought it was his ...

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Everheart's Timeline

  • April 29, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Everheart was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • May 05, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Everheart 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.

  • May 08, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Everheart's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 01, 2020
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Everheart's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Everheart is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 14 donors

Funded by 14 donors

Treatment
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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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Kesande

Kesande and her husband are small-scale farmers who grow sweet potatoes, Irish potatoes, and sorghum for their family to eat. She completed primary school until class seven, but did not proceed due to lack of school fees. Her firstborn is now 6 years old and in first grade at the local primary school. Their family owns a three-room semi-permanent house, which was constructed on the land given to them by the husband’s parents. Her husband lost his father and is only left with his old mother who greatly needs their support and care. Kesande is a mother of one, but this is her third pregnancy. She had c-section deliveries with her previous pregnancies, but unfortunately lost her first baby in 2012 when intra uterine fetal death occurred. However, her next delivery was successful in 2014. This pregnancy, she has had antenatal checkups from Kamuganguzi Health Centre where she was advised to go to a hospital that offers surgery services in May. She reported to Rushoroza Hospital on May 1st, 2020 at 1100 hours following the directive of the health centre. On assessment by the midwife, she recommends a c-section to protect the health of her and the baby. Their family has many responsibilities on their shoulders on top of their own family needs. They utilize the pieces of land that were given to them by the husband’s father and have no other sources of income. Kesande says, “I pray for a successful surgery. I plan to work even harder both physically and mentally to be able to secure and generate income that will enable us to take good care of the child we expect.”

9% funded

9%funded
$21raised
$196to go