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

  • $779 raised, $0 to go
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Lincoln's treatment was fully funded on February 13, 2020.

Photo of Lincoln post-operation

February 16, 2020

Lincoln underwent tonsil surgery.

Lincoln’s surgery was successful. He is able to breathe with ease since his airway was unclogged. His mother is grateful for the support and the uneventful recovery of her son.

Lincoln’s mother says, “I am grateful that my son is able to sleep well now.”

Lincoln’s surgery was successful. He is able to breathe with ease since his airway was unclogged. His mother is grateful for the support and...

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November 26, 2019

Lincoln is a child from Kenya. Lincoln is the second born of two children and lives with his mother and sibling in Nairobi suburbs. His father left them 8 months ago, due to the increasing family demands. Lincoln’s mother sells grocery to sustain the family needs but she is not able to raise the funds needed for his surgical care,

Since he was four months old, Lincoln has been experiencing difficulties breathing and his nasal airway always clogged. frequent illness causes him to make many visits to hospitals. He was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils and adenoids, which are the soft tissue behind the nasal cavity. Without treatment, this condition will cause Lincoln’s symptoms to persist and possibly even intensify.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $779 to fund an adenotonsillectomy for Lincoln, which is scheduled to take place on November 28. Surgeons will remove his tonsils and adenoids, hopefully relieving Lincoln of his symptoms and helping him live more comfortably.

“I look forward to the day he will sleep peacefully without the clogging on his nostrils,” says Lincoln’s mother.

Lincoln is a child from Kenya. Lincoln is the second born of two children and lives with his mother and sibling in Nairobi suburbs. His fath...

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Lincoln's Timeline

  • November 26, 2019

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

  • November 29, 2019

    Lincoln's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 4, 2019

    Lincoln received treatment at AIC Kijabe 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.

  • February 13, 2020

    Lincoln's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 16, 2020

    Lincoln's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $779 for Lincoln's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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Grace is a two-month-old baby and the second born in a family of two children. Their family lives in a small rented house in Kenya's capital, Nairobi. Her father is the bread winner of the family but he is not employed formally. He does casual electrical jobs and work is hard to come by. Her mother used to sell clothes before she was expecting her baby. Their family does not have national health insurance coverage and cannot raise the required funds for their daughter’s surgery. Grace has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. Grace was born pre-maturely at Kijabe Hospital and was admitted in the nursery for close monitoring and extra care. After spending two weeks in nursery, she was diagnosed with hydrocephalus. At the time, there was not a neuro surgeon locally who could help and she was not stable enough to be referred to another facility. She has been doing well now, and a shunt surgery is scheduled to happen tomorrow as an urgent surgery to help treat her condition. Without treatment, Grace will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $720 to cover the cost of surgery for Grace that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 12th and will drain the excess fluid from Grace's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Grace will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Grace’s mother says, “At first I was shocked when I heard about the condition and found it hard for us, but we believe all will be well.”

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