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Success! Joan from Kenya raised $420 to fund a tonsillectomy.

Joan
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  • $420 raised, $0 to go
$420
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Joan's treatment was fully funded on July 15, 2021.

Photo of Joan post-operation

June 21, 2021

Joan underwent a tonsillectomy and can breath and eat well now.

Three-year-old Joan underwent a successful surgery! She had an uneventful stay in the hospital and was discharged home with her mom a day after her surgery.

This surgery improves Joan’s general well-being, brings her peace during the night, and aids in proper feeding.

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

Three-year-old Joan underwent a successful surgery! She had an uneventful stay in the hospital and was discharged home with her mom a day af...

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April 22, 2021

Joan is a playful and happy three-year-old girl. She’s the third born in a family of four. Their family lives in a rental house in a small town in Kenya. Her father works as a shopkeeper, and her mother is a housewife. Joan’s father earns limited wages from the business, especially during the difficult times caused by the COVID pandemic. Having been blessed with four children, Joan’s father’s income is often not enough to cater to the basic needs of his children and also pay for the health care that Joan needs.

Joan was brought to the hospital with recurrent tonsillitis and pain when swallowing for more than a year now. She has difficulty sleeping, and breathing when she sleeps. These symptoms are attributed to enlarged tonsils that are blocking her airways. Her mother also reported that when Joan has an active infection, she is not able to feed well and even has difficulty in breathing during the day.

Before they came to Kapsowar Hospital, Joan’s mother had been taking her to a health facility for treatment with antibiotics, though they have not been effective. Our surgeons have recommended that Joan’s condition is best treated surgically and have booked her for a tonsillectomy. The surgery will improve her general well-being and bring her peace during the night and aid in proper feeding. Joan’s family is requesting any well-wisher to support them so that their daughter can undergo surgery.

Joan will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare. Fortunately, she is scheduled to undergo a tonsillectomy on April 23rd. African Mission Healthcare is requesting $420 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, she will be able to sleep and breathe peacefully throughout the night.

Joan’s mother shared, “I want my child to get treated so that she can breathe well and sleep well. Thank you for your support.’’

Joan is a playful and happy three-year-old girl. She's the third born in a family of four. Their family lives in a rental house in a small t...

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Joan's Timeline

  • April 22, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Joan was submitted by Beatrice Njoroge, Curative Medical Support Program Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • April 23, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Joan 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.

  • April 26, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Joan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 21, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Joan's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • July 15, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Joan's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Treatment
Adenotonsillectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $420 for Joan's treatment
Hospital Fees
$160
Medical Staff
$155
Medication
$19
Supplies
$53
Labs
$13
Other
$20
  • 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.

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