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Melvin from Kenya raised $540 to treat an undescended testis.

Melvin
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  • $540 raised, $0 to go
$540
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$0
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Fully funded
Melvin's treatment was fully funded on September 7, 2015.

Photo of Melvin post-operation

September 15, 2015

Melvin recevied treatment for his undescended testis.

“Melvin’s left testicle was successfully dropped in the scrotal sac. The treatment has lessened the chances of Melvin developing testicular cancer and/or inguinal hernia. Melvin is recovering well from the surgery,” reports our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation.

Melvin’s father adds, “Thank you for giving us a shoulder when we could not support ourselves.”

"Melvin’s left testicle was successfully dropped in the scrotal sac. The treatment has lessened the chances of Melvin developing testicular ...

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August 4, 2015

Meet Melvin, a four-year-old boy from Kenya! According to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), he lives alone with his father and hasn’t been able to attend school due to financial constraints. Melvin’s mother left the family a year ago, so his father is raising him alone.

Unlike most baby boys, Melvin’s left testicle never descended into his scrotal sac after birth. If left untreated, it’s highly likely that he’ll develop testicular cancer and be infertile.

For $540, we can cover orchidopexy surgery that will place his undescended testicle in the proper place, along with three days of hospital bedrest. After treatment, the risk of cancer and infertility will be greatly reduced.

“Melvin’s father is an orphan and does casual jobs while [enrolled as] a part time student at a local college. He studies through the help of a well-wisher who supports him by paying his fees,” explains AMHF. “It has been tough for Melvin’s father because he is forced to take his son to school with him at times [since] there is no one to look after him.”

With immense sentiment, Melvin’s father says, “I am working hard to improve my life. I wish my son good health and quick recovery.” Let’s help this young family flourish again!

Meet Melvin, a four-year-old boy from Kenya! According to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), he lives alone ...

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Melvin's Timeline

  • August 4, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 5, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Melvin received treatment. 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.

  • September 1, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Melvin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 7, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    Melvin's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 15, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Melvin. Read the update.

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Funded by 22 donors

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