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Mary is a future pilot from Kenya who needs $779 to fund adenotonsillectomy surgery.

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December 9, 2019

Mary is a smart fifth grade girl from Kenya who aspires to be a pilot. She was diagnosed with adenoids at age one. Her mother would take her daughter to the local hospital and would be given medicine which did not improve her condition. Around July this year, a friend advised that they visit Kijabe Hospital where Mary was diagnosed with adenoids and tonsils and surgery recommended. The surgery, however, was a cost Mary’s parents could not bear. They resigned to fate but hoped someday they would get help.

Mary’s parents are both casual cleaners at a company close to where they live with a monthly pay of Kes. 7000 each. The income is barely enough to cater for their family’s basic needs. The family of two children lives in a one-room rental house in Nairobi. They hope that their daughter will get the treatment she so needs to improve on her breathing and clogging of her nasal airway.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $779 to fund an adenotonsillectomy for Mary, which is scheduled to take place on December 13th. Surgeons will remove her tonsils and adenoids, hopefully relieving Mary of her symptoms and helping her live more comfortably.

“I want to be a pilot in future,” shared Mary.

Mary is a smart fifth grade girl from Kenya who aspires to be a pilot. She was diagnosed with adenoids at age one. Her mother would take her...

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Mary's Timeline

  • December 9, 2019

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

  • December 11, 2019

    Mary's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 18, 2019

    Mary was scheduled to receive 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.


    Mary is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD

    Awaiting Mary's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $779 for Mary's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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.

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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