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Success! Giovan from Tanzania raised $609 to fund surgery to help him breathe.

Giovan
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  • $609 raised, $0 to go
$609
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Giovan's treatment was fully funded on February 12, 2018.

Photo of Giovan post-operation

February 5, 2018

Giovan underwent surgery to help him breathe.

Giovan’s surgery went well. He no longer has breathing difficulty. He can eat well and sleep soundly through the night. He will be able to grow and have a healthy childhood.

Giovan’s mother says, “Thank you all so much for helping my son get treatment, he is now very active and he eats well.”

Giovan’s surgery went well. He no longer has breathing difficulty. He can eat well and sleep soundly through the night. He will be able to g...

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January 2, 2018

Giovan is a baby from Tanzania. His mother is a tailor, while his father repairs mobile phones to earn a living and support his family.

Since he was two months old, Giovan has been experiencing fevers, sleep apnea, and weight loss. He is frequently ill and on constant medication. He was recently diagnosed with enlarged adenoids, which are the soft tissue behind the nasal cavity. Without treatment, this condition will cause Giovan’s symptoms to persist and possibly even intensify.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $609 to fund an adenoidectomy for Giovan, which is scheduled to take place on January 4. Surgeons will remove his adenoids, hopefully relieving Giovan of his symptoms and helping him live more comfortably.

Giovan’s mother says, “I am so happy for the treatment will get. May God bless you abundantly.”

Giovan is a baby from Tanzania. His mother is a tailor, while his father repairs mobile phones to earn a living and support his family. S...

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Giovan's Timeline

  • January 2, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 3, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Giovan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 18, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Giovan 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.

  • February 5, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Giovan's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • February 12, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Giovan's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 18 donors

Funded by 18 donors

Treatment
Adenoidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $609 for Giovan'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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