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Duncan is young boy from Kenya who needs $535 to fund testicular surgery.

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November 3, 2019

Duncan is a young boy from Kenya who hopes to be an engineer in future. The second-born child in a family of four children complains of pain in his groin area and was diagnosed with a left undescended testicle. Surgery was recommended but he has not yet received it. The family was not able to raise funds needed for surgery. Duncan’s father works as an electrician and his income is not sufficient to pay for the surgery. They tried to raise funds for his surgery but were unable to raise the full amount. His parents can see that their son has a bright future ahead of him, and they don’t want this problem to stop him from achieving his dream. They hope that Duncan will be able to get treatment through any means possible.  

Recently, found out about Bethany Kids and the services they offer. If not treated, Duncan is at risk of suffering fertility problems, inguinal hernia and potentially testicular torsion.

Duncan will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on November 5th. AMHF is requesting $535 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care.

“I want to be an engineer when I grow up,” says Duncan.

Duncan is a young boy from Kenya who hopes to be an engineer in future. The second-born child in a family of four children complains of pain...

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Duncan's Timeline

  • November 3, 2019

    Duncan was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare Foundation, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • November 07, 2019

    Duncan received treatment at BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH). 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.

  • November 14, 2019

    Duncan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 09, 2019

    Awaiting Duncan's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare Foundation.


    Duncan is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Orchidopexy (Single)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $535 for Duncan'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?

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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