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Success! Adamba from Kenya raised $646 to fund surgery for his birth condition.

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Adamba's treatment was fully funded on October 8, 2021.

Photo of Adamba post-operation

October 14, 2021

Adamba underwent surgery for his birth condition.

Adamba had a successful surgery with our medical partner! His corrective surgery healed his condition and greatly reduced his risk of future complications. He’s now back home with his family, but will return for follow-up visits to make sure he fully heals.

Adamba’s mother says: “I feel good for my son. He is out of pain and can play as other kids with no problem. I am happy that you made my dream come true.”

Adamba had a successful surgery with our medical partner! His corrective surgery healed his condition and greatly reduced his risk of future...

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September 20, 2021

Adamba is three-year-old boy and the youngest of two children in his family. He’s excited that he recently began attending school.

Adamba’s parents separated not long after he was born. His mother works as a tailor and shared that her job is difficult because she does not have regular customers as she did before the pandemic. She has not yet found a different job, and she sometimes is able to do casual jobs in their neighborhood to provide for her family.

Adamba was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Adamba will have an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Adamba receive treatment. On September 21st, he will undergo corrective surgery and, now, AMH is requesting $646 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care.

Adamba’s mother shared, “I have been wondering how and when my son would get treated because I felt like I failed to do my part as a parent. Sometimes, Adamba could not eat or sleep because of the pain and I could not help him since I have no money.”

Adamba is three-year-old boy and the youngest of two children in his family. He's excited that he recently began attending school. Adamb...

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Adamba's Timeline

  • September 20, 2021

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

  • September 21, 2021

    Adamba 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.

  • September 21, 2021

    Adamba's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 8, 2021

    Adamba's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 14, 2021

    Adamba's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 16 donors

Funded by 16 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $646 for Adamba's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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Ferdinand is a father of two from the Philippines. He has one son and one daughter. Both he and his wife both work as public school teachers. Their income is still insufficient for their needs, however and, in addition to supporting their children, part of their salary goes to their medication for diabetes and hypertension. In September, Ferdinand began to experience several troubling symptoms, including severe abdominal pain. He was rushed to an emergency room to be treated. The ultrasound test showed that he has gallstones. Ferdinand has been advised to undergo a cholecystectomy which is the surgical removal of the gallbladder. If left untreated, his symptoms will continue to worsen and will put him at risk of further health complications in the future. After seeking treatment through our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines (WSFP), Ferdinand is scheduled to undergo a cholecystectomy on December 3rd. A portion of the cost of the procedure is being supported by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and WSFP is raising the remaining $826 to cover the cost of Ferdinand's surgery and care. "Because of my condition, I'm in constant pain which hinders me from doing my usual activities. I've tried to reach out for help to our local government but was unsuccessful," Ferdinand shared. "I am glad there are foundations like Watsi and World Surgical Foundation Philippines that exist. I'm forever grateful for the help that you've given me," he added.

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