Joel is a 21-year-old nursing student. Two years ago, Joel started feeling some pain at the back of his throat. He is now struggling with symptomatic tonsillitis grade two hypertrophy and has been managing the condition with medications. However, he was reviewed and surgery recommended to control the recurrent condition.
Joel is not able to sleep well at night, swallows with difficulties and has lost considerable weight due to poor appetite. Joel comes from a humble background. His parents are peasant farmers relying on maize farming to provide for their four children. Their income is usually strained by school fees demands and daily upkeep. Joel, who hopes to become a nurse, has been missing classes from time to time due to lack of school fees. His parents are not able to raise the funds needed and he appeals for help.