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Success! Maxwell from Kenya raised $540 to treat an undescended testicle.

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Maxwell's treatment was fully funded on January 31, 2016.

Photo of Maxwell post-operation

March 3, 2016

Maxwell received successful treatment for his undescended testicle.

“Maxwell’s left testicle was successfully dropped in the scrotal sac,” reports our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Surgery has “minimized the chances of infertility and developing testicular cancer and/or inguinal hernia.”

Now that Maxwell has been treated, his mother can focus on getting better herself, as she has been sick for some time. Maxwell’s mother adds, “I appreciate the love and generosity you have shown us. May God increase you in all dimensions for what you are doing in service to these children.”

"Maxwell’s left testicle was successfully dropped in the scrotal sac," reports our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (A...

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January 18, 2016

When Maxwell’s mother was changing his diaper in a local clinic, another mother noticed that Maxwell’s testes seemed smaller in comparison to her son’s. Although the local doctor believed that Maxwell’s testes would descend in time, Maxwell is now two years old and only one of his testes has descended.

According to our partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, Maxwell’s undescended testicle could cause a hernia, cancer, and infertility if left untreated.

Following Maxwell’s diagnosis, Maxwell’s mother fell ill and was bed ridden as a result of spinal complications. Unfortunately, that meant that all of the funds set aside for Maxwell’s operation were used on her treatment instead.

Maxwell needs an orchidopexy, an operation where undescended testes are placed in the scrotum. This procedure will cost $540.

“This has been a long journey for me and my family. I have been sick for quite some time and we are just picking ourselves up. Please help my son get treated,” Maxwell’s mother says.

When Maxwell’s mother was changing his diaper in a local clinic, another mother noticed that Maxwell’s testes seemed smaller in comparison t...

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Maxwell's Timeline

  • January 18, 2016

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

  • January 20, 2016

    Maxwell 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.

  • January 29, 2016

    Maxwell's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 31, 2016

    Maxwell's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 03, 2016

    Maxwell's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Orchidopexy (Single)
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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