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Success! Emmanuel from Kenya raised $483 to fund surgery for his birth condition.

Emmanuel
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  • $483 raised, $0 to go
$483
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Emmanuel's treatment was fully funded on August 1, 2022.

Photo of Emmanuel post-operation

August 8, 2022

Emmanuel underwent life-changing surgery for his birth condition.

Emmanuel successfully underwent treatment for his condition and was able to return home once he was stable. With this treatment, he is now safe from infection and complications, and can now grow up healthy like his brother.

His mother appreciated all the support and shared: “I am happy my son had successful surgery. Thanks for the support. At least now he can grow up like other boys.”

Emmanuel successfully underwent treatment for his condition and was able to return home once he was stable. With this treatment, he is now s...

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May 25, 2022

Emmanuel is a quiet and calm seven-year-old. He is in grade one in primary school and has a younger brother. Emmanuel’s father works at a construction site, and his mother helps others around their homes.

Emmanuel was born with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. His parents brought him to Nazareth Hospital, where the doctors performed an ultrasound and recommended Emmanual undergo bilateral orchidopexy surgery. If the condition is left untreated, Emmanuel has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future.

Fortunately, Emmanuel will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH). On May 26th, he will undergo corrective surgery. AMH is requesting $483 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care.

Emmanuel’s mother said, “I was shocked to realize that I did not know my boy had a problem. We cannot pay for his surgery, and we are kindly requesting help from well-wishers. We hope to see our son healthy so that he can grow up like his brother.”

Emmanuel is a quiet and calm seven-year-old. He is in grade one in primary school and has a younger brother. Emmanuel's father works at a co...

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Emmanuel's Timeline

  • May 25, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Emmanuel was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • May 25, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Emmanuel's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 26, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Emmanuel received treatment at Nazareth Hospital 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.

  • August 1, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Emmanuel's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 8, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Emmanuel's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Nazareth - Orchidopexy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $483 for Emmanuel's treatment
Hospital Fees
$365
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$9
Supplies
$56
Labs
$30
Other
$23
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Normally, before a baby boy is born, the testicles move into the scrotum (the sac that holds the testicles). Sometimes, one or both testicles stay in the body cavity instead of moving into the scrotum. This is called undescended testicles or cryptorchidism. An orchidopexy is an operation to lower the testicles into the scrotum. A patient may need to have this operation on one or both testicles.

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

Ideally, the surgery should be performed before a child reaches two years old. 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.

  • 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. According to the guidelines published by the American Urological Association in May 2014, orchidopexy is the most successful therapy to relocate the testis into the scrotum. Hormone therapy is not recommended.

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