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Success! Leon from Kenya raised $646 to fund surgery to heal his birth condition.

Leon
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$646
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$0
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Fully funded
Leon's treatment was fully funded on December 29, 2022.

Photo of Leon post-operation

January 9, 2023

Leon underwent surgery to heal his birth condition.

Leon’s surgery was done successfully with no complications arising during or after his care. He was in a good condition to be discharged home and will come back for post-operation clinics to support his recovery. The risk of developing future complications such as hernias, cancer, or infertility has now been greatly reduced and it is expected that he will lead a full, active, and healthy life.

Leon’s grandfather says, “Coming here has been a blessing to us and we are grateful for that.”

Leon’s surgery was done successfully with no complications arising during or after his care. He was in a good condition to be discharged hom...

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October 27, 2022

Leon is a young boy from Kenya. When he was born in 2019, he was diagnosed with bilateral cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. His parents did not know what to do and didn’t know where to turn for help.

In 2020, his mother told some friends about Leon’s condition. They advised her to take him to a nearby hospital where he was examined, and a scan was recommended. They did not have money for the scan and had not sought any medical intervention since then. Recently, his mother told another friend who, upon learning about Leon’s condition, referred them to our medical partner’s care center BethanyKids. On arrival, Leon was examined and scheduled for surgery.

Leon is the first born in a family of two children. He lives with his mother who does jobs like pruning coffee, doing laundry for people, and plowing farms to provide for their family. Leon’s brother is a newborn, and his mother is taking time off work to take care of him. She is now relying on Leon’s grandfather to temporarily support the family.

If left untreated, Leon has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future.

Fortunately, Leon will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). He is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on October 28th. AMHF is requesting $646 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care.

Leon’s grandfather says, “I really want to help my grandchild so that he can have a good future like the other children.”

Leon is a young boy from Kenya. When he was born in 2019, he was diagnosed with bilateral cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both o...

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Leon's Timeline

  • October 27, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Leon was submitted by Ruth Kanyeria, SAFE Program Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • October 28, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Leon received treatment at BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH) 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.

  • November 2, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Leon's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 29, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Leon's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 9, 2023
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Leon's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Orchidopexy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $646 for Leon's treatment
Hospital Fees
$480
Medical Staff
$10
Medication
$30
Supplies
$90
Labs
$5
Other
$31
  • 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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