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Success! Maureen from Tanzania raised $609 to fund surgery to help her breathe.

Maureen
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  • $609 raised, $0 to go
$609
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$0
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Fully funded
Maureen's treatment was fully funded on June 16, 2018.

Photo of Maureen post-operation

August 2, 2018

Maureen underwent surgery to help her breathe.

Maureen’s surgery went well, she no longer has trouble breathing or eating. She will grow up to be a healthy child.

Maureen’s grandmother says, “We are so happy that Maureen is now able to sleep and eat without having trouble breathing. Thank you so much.”

Maureen’s surgery went well, she no longer has trouble breathing or eating. She will grow up to be a healthy child. Maureen’s grandmother...

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May 2, 2018

Maureen is a child from Tanzania. She is a loving and happy child. Her mother is a stay-at-home mother, and her father works as a butcher. Maureen is the only child in their family.

Since she was 11 months old, Maureen has been experiencing sleep apnea and difficulty eating. Frequent illness has caused the family to make many trips to the hospital. She was recently diagnosed with enlarged adenoids, which are the soft tissue behind the nasal cavity. Without treatment, this condition will cause Maureen’s symptoms to persist and possibly even intensify.

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

Maureen’s mother says, “Please help my daughter get treatment so that she will be able to eat, breath and sleep better without waking up struggling for air.”

Maureen is a child from Tanzania. She is a loving and happy child. Her mother is a stay-at-home mother, and her father works as a butcher. M...

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Maureen's Timeline

  • May 2, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 2, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Maureen's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 10, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Maureen 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.

  • June 16, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Maureen's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 2, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Maureen's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 19 donors

Funded by 19 donors

Treatment
Adenoidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $609 for Maureen'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Beatrice

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