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Success! Collins from Kenya raised $646 to fund corrective surgery so he can grow up healthy.

Collins
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Fully funded
Collins's treatment was fully funded on September 2, 2022.

Photo of Collins post-operation

September 17, 2022

Collins underwent corrective surgery so he can grow up healthy.

Collins’ final surgery was a success! After undergoing these procedures, he is now no longer at risk for any future complications. Collins is recovering well and will visit the hospital for a check-up visits with the doctors to ensure his full recovery and healing.

Collins’ mother shared, “I cannot hide my joy that my son has undergone all the surgeries. I believe he is now fully treated and can now go back to school.”

Collins’ final surgery was a success! After undergoing these procedures, he is now no longer at risk for any future complications. Collins i...

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March 30, 2022

Collins is seventh grade student and is looking forward to finishing his primary school studies. He is the second born in a family of three children. His father is a motorbike taxi driver but was involved in an accident and broke his hand and is now unable to work. Their family now relies on Collins’ mother who does laundry work and house chores to earn a living for their family.

Collins is a happy and talkative boy. When he was young, his parents noticed his health condition took him to a nearby hospital for treatment. There he was examined but was not able to receive care at that time. His parents were not satisfied and went to another hospital where they recommended surgery. His family has not been able to cover the cost and Collins has not yet been treated. Fortunately, their church pastor heard about Collins’ condition and referred them to our medical partner’s care center, BethanyKids Hospital.

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

Collins will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on April 12th. AMH is requesting $646 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care.

Collins’ mother says, “I used to feel bad about myself previously as I could not afford to cater for my son’s treatment. Now I’m happy with the progress and what God is doing in Collins’ life. We hope for the best with the surgery.”

Collins is seventh grade student and is looking forward to finishing his primary school studies. He is the second born in a family of three ...

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Collins's Timeline

  • March 30, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Collins was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • April 12, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Collins 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.

  • April 14, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Collins's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 2, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Collins's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 17, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Collins's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 16 donors

Funded by 16 donors

Treatment
Orchidopexy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $646 for Collins'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.