Selmene Guelai
Selmene's Story

Selmene joined Watsi on November 13th, 2020. 13 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Selmene's most recent donation traveled 3,900 miles to support Lewis, a 3-year-old boy from Kenya, to fund an orchidopexy procedure.

Impact

Selmene has funded healthcare for 3 patients in 2 countries.

All patients funded by Selmene

Lewis is a 3-year-old boy from Kenya. He the second born of five children in his family. Just two weeks after Lewis was born, Lewis' mother was bathing him at home when she noted that his testes were not descending. She thought this may happen time, but as days and months went on, this did not change. Two years later, Lewis’ parents took him to a nearby hospital for review. Lewis was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Lewis has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. His family was referred to BethanyKids Hospital for further treatment, but his family waited a little over six months to save enough funds to afford the visit. Upon visiting BethanyKids, the doctors recommend he needs an orchidopexy procedure. Lewis’ parents do not have stable jobs. His father is a construction handyman and his mother owns a small eatery in the neighbourhood. The income from both parents is not enough to feed the family of five children. Both parents are determined to see Lewis treated, but they are not in a position to raise the required amount of money. Lewis and his parents are appealing for financial help. Lewis will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo a corrective surgery called a bilateral orchidopexy on December 28th. AMHF is requesting $569 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Lewis' father shared, "I would really like Lewis to have a family of his own in future, but to do so he must undergo a surgery that is way beyond our capability. As a family, we are requesting for financial help to cater for the surgery.”

$569raised
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