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Success! Skylar from Kenya raised $770 to fund surgery to treat his hypospadias.

Skylar
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$770
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Fully funded
Skylar's treatment was fully funded on December 13, 2020.

Photo of Skylar post-operation

July 10, 2020

Skylar underwent surgery to treat his hypospadias.

Skylar’s surgery was successful and he will now be able to pass urine normally. His mother will bring him to the clinic for follow-up appointments to ensure that his incision is healing properly. She is grateful for the financial support that her son has received.

Skylar’s mother shared, “Thank you very much for helping cover the cost of my son’s medical bill.”

Skylar's surgery was successful and he will now be able to pass urine normally. His mother will bring him to the clinic for follow-up appoin...

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June 22, 2020

Skylar is a 3-year-old from Kenya. His mother performs manual labor and does laundry for people in their neighborhood and his father works at a construction site. Skylar is their only child.

Skylar was born with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility.

Fortunately, Skylar is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on June 23. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $770 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care.

Skylar’s mother shared, “I don’t know what to do now so any financial support offered will be of great help to us.”

Skylar is a 3-year-old from Kenya. His mother performs manual labor and does laundry for people in their neighborhood and his father works a...

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Skylar's Timeline

  • June 22, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 22, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Skylar's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 23, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Skylar 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.

  • July 10, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Skylar's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 13, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Skylar's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 19 donors

Funded by 19 donors

Treatment
Hypospadius Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $770 for Skylar's treatment
Hospital Fees
$754
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$12
Supplies
$0
Labs
$4
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Hypospadias is a congenital defect in which the opening of the urethra is on the underside of the penis. The urethra is the tube that drains urine from the bladder. In males, the opening of the urethra is normally at the end of the penis. Symptoms of hypospadias vary. This condition may cause genital malformation and urinary dysfunction. It can lead to infections, social stigma, and infertility.

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

If this condition is not repaired, it can lead to urinary dysfunction, genital malformation, infertility, and increased risk of urinary tract infections.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Hypospadias is one of the most common birth defects in boys. It is the most frequent congenital urological anomaly, occurring in 1–3 per 1,000 live births.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

After surgery, the patient is monitored closely and discharged from the hospital after five days. Stitches will be removed during a follow-up appointment.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

The urethra will be corrected, improving urinary function.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This is a low-risk procedure, and the impact of this surgery lasts a lifetime. If the patient has complicated hypospadias, he may need to undergo further surgery. Follow-up visits with a urologist may also be needed, particularly when patients reach puberty.

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?

Surgery is not required for mild cases. Otherwise, there is no alternative.

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Kenganzi

Kenganzi is a mother of three from western Uganda. Her children all attend school. Currently, she works on her banana plantation, while her husband works as a bodaboda moto driver earning a limited income to support their family. For the past four years, Kenganzi has unknowingly struggled with an ovarian cyst. Initially, she began to feel a palpable mass on her right lower abdominal section. Kenganzi also experienced pain when lying on her right side, and whenever she strained during farming, she would feel it more severely. This significantly affected her productivity on the farm. As the pain became more severe, Kenganzi decided to come to our Medical Partner's Care Center Nyakibale Hospital for review. Doctors had her undergo a pelvic scan, and the results showed that she had an ovarian cyst requiring a cystectomy surgery to remove it. However, Kenganzi and her family are not able to afford the cost of this procedure and appeal for financial support. Kenganzi will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare. Fortunately, she is scheduled to undergo a cystectomy on April 23rd. African Mission Healthcare is requesting $220 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, she will be free of pain and will be able to return to farming on the plantation. Kenganzi shared, "My desire is to get the surgery to correct my condition. With full recovery, I will be more productive on the farm to help raise our three children with better quality of life."

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$110raised
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