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Success! Meki from Kenya raised $779 to fund tonsil surgery.

Meki
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  • $779 raised, $0 to go
$779
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Meki's treatment was fully funded on September 13, 2019.

Photo of Meki post-operation

August 3, 2019

Meki underwent tonsil surgery.

He can now breathe easily.

Meki’s mother says, “Thank you for supporting my son’s surgery. I am grateful and truly appreciate.”

He can now breathe easily. Meki’s mother says, “Thank you for supporting my son’s surgery. I am grateful and truly appreciate."...

July 5, 2019

Meki is a child from Kenya. Since birth, Meki has been experiencing difficulty breathing. Frequent illness has caused his parents to worry and spend their little earnings on medication. He was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils and adenoids, which are the soft tissue behind the nasal cavity. Without treatment, this condition will cause Meki’s symptoms to persist and possibly even intensify.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $779 to fund an adenotonsillectomy for Meki, which is scheduled to take place on July 9. Surgeons will remove his tonsils and adenoids, hopefully relieving Meki of his symptoms and helping him live more comfortably.

Meki’s mother says, “My hope is to have my son treated and being able to breathe. Please help me.”

Meki is a child from Kenya. Since birth, Meki has been experiencing difficulty breathing. Frequent illness has caused his parents to worry a...

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Meki's Timeline

  • July 5, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Meki was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • July 06, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Meki's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 19, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Meki received 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.

  • August 03, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Meki's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 13, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Meki's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 28 donors

Funded by 28 donors

Treatment
Adenotonsillectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $779 for Meki's treatment
Hospital Fees
$548
Medical Staff
$31
Medication
$9
Supplies
$169
Labs
$22
  • 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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