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Ryan is an active and joyful boy from Kenya who needs $646 to fund corrective surgery for his birth condition.

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October 12, 2021

Ryan is a very active and jovial 5-year-old boy. He’s the only child in his family. His mother works at a local dry cleaner and his father is a matatu driver in their area. Ryan’s family lives in a small rented house in a town within Nairobi, Kenya. His parents’ income is very limited and they are not able to afford the second surgery he needs, as they are also paying off his first surgery that was unsuccessful in fully treating his birth condition.

Ryan was diagnosed with a condition called cryptorchidism. If left untreated, Ryan has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future.

Ryan will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on October 14th. AMHF is requesting $646 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care.

Ryan’s mother says, “It has been a tough time for us after we realized Ryan’s first surgery was not successful, but we still trusted in God.”

Ryan is a very active and jovial 5-year-old boy. He's the only child in his family. His mother works at a local dry cleaner and his father i...

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Ryan's Timeline

  • October 12, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 14, 2021
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Ryan was scheduled to receive treatment at BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH) 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.

  • October 15, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ryan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Ryan is currently raising funds for his treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Ryan's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Treatment
Orchidopexy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $646 for Ryan's treatment
Hospital Fees
$480
Medical Staff
$10
Medication
$30
Supplies
$90
Labs
$5
Other
$31
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

One of the testicles either appears to be missing or cannot be felt in the scrotum.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Left untreated, this condition can lead to infertility. The higher temperature inside the body can affect sperm production. Men with both testicles affected are more likely to experience fertility-related issues than men with only one affected testicle. This condition can also cause inguinal hernia, in which the intestine protrudes through a weakened area in the abdominal wall. Only surgery can correct this condition, which can otherwise result in intestinal damage or death. Finally, this condition is a risk factor for testicular cancer. If surgery is performed early, this risk is limited.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Undescended testis is the most common birth anomaly in boys. This condition is present in about 1-4.5% of newborns, with a higher incidence in premature babies (30-45%). Unilateral undescended testis is four times more likely than bilateral. Data on this condition is scarce in Kenya, so the true prevalence of acquired undescended testicles is still unknown.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

After surgery, the patient will stay in the hospital for an average of three days. The patient is continually monitored.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

Treatment will reduce the risk of infertility, inguinal hernia, and testicular cancer.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This condition is very treatable, and the procedure is 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 care centers in the region. Hospitals lack adequate resources and expertise to treat this condition.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

An alternative to surgery is to use synthetic hormones that encourage the testicle to move into the scrotum. Hormone therapy is only recommended if the child’s testicle(s) are close to the scrotum. However, hormone therapy is not commonly available in Kenya.

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