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Success! Belhat from Ethiopia raised $1,293 to fund a treatment for a birth condition.

Belhat
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  • $1,293 raised, $0 to go
$1,293
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Belhat's treatment was fully funded on May 9, 2021.
May 3, 2021

Belhat is a 6-year-old boy from Ethiopia who loves to watch kids programs on TV. Belhat has one older sister. His mom works as a nurse, while his dad is a labourer. Both parents make a very humble income to pay for rent and for basic needs.

Belhat was born with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility.

Fortunately, Belhat is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on May 3rd. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,293 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care.

His mom shared, “I hope he will heal and become a doctor himself and treat others in need of medical care.”

Belhat is a 6-year-old boy from Ethiopia who loves to watch kids programs on TV. Belhat has one older sister. His mom works as a nurse, whil...

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Belhat's Timeline

  • May 3, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Belhat was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Ethiopia.

  • May 3, 2021
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Belhat was scheduled to receive treatment at BethanyKids Myungsung Christian Medical Centre (BKMCM). 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.

  • May 4, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Belhat's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 9, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Belhat's treatment was fully funded.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Belhat's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Hypospadias
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,293 for Belhat's treatment
Hospital Fees
$1,126
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$40
Supplies
$0
Labs
$65
Other
$62
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Hypospadias is a congenital defect in which the opening of the urethra is on the underside of the penis. The urethra is the tube that drains urine from the bladder. In males, the opening of the urethra is normally at the end of the penis. Symptoms of hypospadias vary. This condition may cause genital malformation and urinary dysfunction. It can lead to infections, social stigma, and infertility.

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

If this condition is not repaired, it can lead to urinary dysfunction, genital malformation, infertility, and increased risk of urinary tract infections.

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

Hypospadias is one of the most common birth defects in boys. It is the most frequent congenital urological anomaly, occurring in 1–3 per 1,000 live births.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

After surgery, the patient is monitored closely and discharged from the hospital after five days. Stitches will be removed during a follow-up appointment.

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

The urethra will be corrected, improving urinary function.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This is a low-risk procedure, and the impact of this surgery lasts a lifetime. If the patient has complicated hypospadias, he may need to undergo further surgery. Follow-up visits with a urologist may also be needed, particularly when patients reach puberty.

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?

Surgery is not required for mild cases. Otherwise, there is no alternative.

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71% funded

71%funded
$532raised
$216to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Duncan

Duncan is a 28-year-old man from Kenya. He is currently unemployed. Both of his parents are elderly and are farmers. Because of his current condition, he lives with his relatives who help him visit the hospital regularly for checkups. Duncan currently has tinnitus in his right ear, which causes him to have reduced hearing. His symptoms began in early 2010 after a road traffic accident, which also caused him a spine injury. He is currently still waiting to receive spine surgery. A few weeks after the accident, Duncan started having ear drainage, and visited a local hospital in his hometown for treatment. His ear eventually recovered, but the pain and infection reappeared two years later in 2012. Gradually, Duncan became unable to hear voices well, and currently he is not able to hear using the right ear. Doctors have recommended that he get a hearing aid to restore his hearing to its normal levels and improve his quality of life. However, Duncan cannot afford the cost of the hearing aids. His National Health Insurance Fund coverage cannot cover the cost of both his spine surgery and this treatment for his hearing loss. He currently relies on well-wishers to pay for his medical bills. Duncan appeals for financial support. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Duncan receive his hearing aids on March 31st. This will cost $748, and he needs help raising money. Duncan shared, “I am losing my hearing at a tender age, my mobility is also threatened and I am unable to afford the increasing cost of medical care. I need support to get this treatment so that I may hear well again. Thank you for your support.”

71% funded

71%funded
$532raised
$216to go