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Success! Christopher from Kenya raised $779 to fund a tonsillectomy.

Christopher
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  • $779 raised, $0 to go
$779
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Christopher's treatment was fully funded on November 25, 2019.

Photo of Christopher post-operation

February 16, 2020

Christopher underwent a tonsillectomy.

Christopher had a successful surgery where the adenoids and tonsils were removed. His breathing has improved and so is his sleeping. He is out of risk of constant inflammations of the adenoids, especially during colder seasons. His family is grateful for the support offered and they even shared a card for Watsi to show their gratitude for support.

Christopher’s mother says, “Thank you for supporting my son’s surgery. God bless you.”

Christopher had a successful surgery where the adenoids and tonsils were removed. His breathing has improved and so is his sleeping. He is o...

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November 5, 2019

Christopher is a young boy from Kenya. Christopher breathes with difficulties, especially at night. He experiences constant colds and throat infections since he was 18 months old. At four years old, he was diagnosed with adenoids and tonsils and surgery was recommended but his family was unable to afford it.

Christopher’s family was recently referred to Kijabe where an adenotonsillectomy surgery was advised. If not treated, he will continue struggling with his breathing. Christopher’s mother sells vegetables in their neighborhood while his father is a casual employee at a construction site. His work is irregular and so is the pay. From their little savings, Christopher’s parents can raise 10,000 Kenyan Shillings which is not enough to cover the cost of surgery.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $779 to fund an adenotonsillectomy for Christopher, which is scheduled to take place on November 7th. Surgeons will remove his tonsils and adenoids, hopefully relieving Christopher of his symptoms and helping him live more comfortably.

“I want to be a driver when I grow up,” says Christopher.

Christopher is a young boy from Kenya. Christopher breathes with difficulties, especially at night. He experiences constant colds and throat...

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Christopher's Timeline

  • November 5, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 07, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Christopher's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 25, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Christopher's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 02, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Christopher 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.

  • February 16, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Christopher's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Treatment
Adenotonsillectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $779 for Christopher'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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