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

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Martin's treatment was fully funded on December 1, 2015.

Photo of Martin post-operation

January 29, 2016

Martin received treatment for his undescended testicle.

Most children born with Martin’s condition receive treatment within their first year of life. Thus, at age ten, Martin was at a higher risk of infertility, testicular cancer and development of an inguinal hernia. It became necessary for him to undergo surgery as soon as possible. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is happy to report that “Martin’s right testicle was successfully dropped in the scrotal sac,” reducing his risk of the aforementioned complications.

Martin’s mother shares, “Thank you very much for your kind assistance. It came just when we needed it most! It is the wonderful actions of others that keep us going most days. Thank you again and God bless you all.”

“Thank you for helping me, I hope to help others in the future when I grow up,” Martin says.

Most children born with Martin's condition receive treatment within their first year of life. Thus, at age ten, Martin was at a higher risk ...

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November 18, 2015

Meet Martin, a ten-year-old boy from Kenya. Martin lives with his older brother and his mother, who works as a hairdresser to support the family.

“Martin sits quietly as I speak to him,” shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “He is calm and gives brief responses to any questions I ask. Martin is in class four and loves athletics. He says that is his passion, one that makes him a victor in his school.”

Martin has an undescended right testicle, which did not drop into the scrotum as is usual in baby boys soon after birth. “Aside from dealing with all the changes taking place in his body physically, Martin has been affected psychologically,” says AMHF. “He has undescended testis and fully aware of it, making him feel different from other boys including his thirteen-year-old brother.”

Without treatment, Martin has a higher risk of developing testicular cancer and a hernia as he grows. He is also at risk of infertility. For $540, Martin will undergo a single orchidopexy to move the testicle to its correct place.

“I have noticed Martin develop a quiet demeanor recently,” shares Martin’s mother. “I am not sure if it is after discovering he is different from his brother or what brought the drastic change. I have no means to fund his surgery, I am so grateful for Watsi’s financial assistance.”

Meet Martin, a ten-year-old boy from Kenya. Martin lives with his older brother and his mother, who works as a hairdresser to support the fa...

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Martin's Timeline

  • November 18, 2015

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

  • November 30, 2015

    Martin 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.

  • December 1, 2015

    Martin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 1, 2015

    Martin's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 29, 2016

    Martin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

  • 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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