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Success! Alinaitwe from Uganda raised $200 to alleviate his pain and discomfort.

Alinaitwe
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  • $200 raised, $0 to go
$200
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Fully funded
Alinaitwe's treatment was fully funded on July 13, 2016.

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August 20, 2016

Alinaitwe received successful surgery.

Alinaitwe’s orchidopexy repair was a success. During surgery, his surgeon also found a right hydrocele which he repaired successfully. Alinaitwe is no longer at risk of getting testicular torsion or experiencing pain and discomfort. After full recovery, he will no longer experience the pain he has been having and his mother will have peace.

“Alinaitwe is feeling better – he can eat and drink and can even smile,” his mother shared. “Thank you for the help you’ve given me to pay for my baby’s treatment. I am sure he is going to be well very soon. I am going to be happy and not worry about him.”

Alinaitwe’s orchidopexy repair was a success. During surgery, his surgeon also found a right hydrocele which he repaired successfully. Alina...

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June 20, 2016

Alinaitwe is an eight-month-old, very sweet baby boy from Uganda.

Two weeks after delivery Alinaitwe’s mother noticed his left scrotal was bigger than the right one. When she touched him she realized the right scrotal was empty. But after some time the right testis started appearing and disappearing. Now the right testis is painful; he cries when it is touched and when he is dressed in diapers.

Alinaitwe’s mother couldn’t sleep when her child cried, so she took him to a health center where she was told that he had no sickness. Still, she knew something was wrong and wanted to take him to a hospital, but she didn’t have the money. Later, his mother was advised by the Catechist at the family church to take Alinaitwe to Virika Hospital for further diagnosis and assistance.

There, he was diagnosed with right retractile testis and if not treated, he will continue experiencing pain and discomfort. He will need to undergo orchidoplexy, a $200 surgery to move an undescended testicle into the scrotum and permanently fix it there.

Alinaitwe has three older siblings. His father is a peasant and his mother is a casual laborer. Both his mother and father have low income which is not enough for all the family needs. After Alinaitwe’s surgery, his mother hopes to have peace of mind and continue looking after her children without worrying about his condition.

Alinaitwe is an eight-month-old, very sweet baby boy from Uganda. Two weeks after delivery Alinaitwe’s mother noticed his left scrotal w...

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Alinaitwe's Timeline

  • June 20, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 22, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Alinaitwe received treatment at Holy Family Virika Hospital in Uganda. 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.

  • July 13, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Alinaitwe's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 13, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Alinaitwe's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 20, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Alinaitwe's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Funded by 1 donor

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Treatment
Orchidopexy
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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