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Success! Joel from Kenya raised $400 to fund a tonsillectomy.

Joel
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  • $400 raised, $0 to go
$400
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Joel's treatment was fully funded on April 15, 2020.

Photo of Joel post-operation

February 2, 2020

Joel underwent a tonsillectomy.

Joel’s surgery was successful and was reported to be uneventful. He was discharged when he was able to drink fluids. Joel will continue to follow up with his doctor to make sure he stays on track.

Joel says, “Since the surgery, I have been doing great. I sleep well and feed well too. Thank you supporters.”

Joel’s surgery was successful and was reported to be uneventful. He was discharged when he was able to drink fluids. Joel will continue to f...

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December 5, 2019

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.

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 sy...

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Joel's Timeline

  • December 5, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Joel was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • December 6, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Joel 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.

  • December 6, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Joel's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 2, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Joel's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 15, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Joel's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Adenotonsillectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $400 for Joel's treatment
Hospital Fees
$160
Medical Staff
$155
Medication
$19
Supplies
$53
Labs
$13
  • 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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