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Success! Precious from Kenya raised $714 to fund tonsil surgery so she can excel in school.

Precious
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  • $714 raised, $0 to go
$714
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Precious's treatment was fully funded on June 16, 2022.

Photo of Precious post-operation

June 22, 2022

Precious underwent tonsil surgery so she can excel in school and chase her dreams.

Precious’ treatment went well and she was discharged home two days later feeling so happy and confident!

Her father could not hide his joy when he saw his daughters’ improved condition. Thus surgery will make her life better with no chances of the infection easily recurring.

Precious’ Father says: “I am very grateful, at least I can now work hard to ensure that she gets a good education.”

Precious' treatment went well and she was discharged home two days later feeling so happy and confident! Her father could not hide his jo...

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March 14, 2022

Meet Precious: a nine-year-old talkative girl who comes from a small village in Nandi County in Western Kenya. She’s a bright third grade student who likes singing at home and at church. She is a second born in a family of two.

Precious lives with her brother in their grandmothers’ house since their parents separated due to family conflicts. Precious’ father is a casual laborer who works really hard to make ends meet. He is always determined to give what is best to his children and he now requests help so that his daughter can be well and be able to continue with her education without difficulty.

Precious visited our medical partner’s facility due to recurrent tonsillitis for more than a year. Medication has not improved her recurring infection and the medical team has recommended she undergo surgery to fully heal. With this treatment, Precious will finally have relief from her symptoms. Her family hopes she will be well and be able to concentrate in school and perform well once she is healthy.

Precious’ father shared, “I would like to see her well. I am motivated to work hard for my children to ensure they get a good education and prosper in life.”

Meet Precious: a nine-year-old talkative girl who comes from a small village in Nandi County in Western Kenya. She's a bright third grade st...

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Precious's Timeline

  • March 14, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Precious was submitted by Beatrice Njoroge, Curative Medical Support Program Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • March 15, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Precious's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 16, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Precious 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.

  • June 16, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Precious's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 22, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Precious's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 20 donors

Funded by 20 donors

Treatment
Adenotonsillectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $714 for Precious's treatment
Hospital Fees
$453
Medical Staff
$3
Medication
$6
Supplies
$160
Labs
$25
Other
$67
  • 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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