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Success! Genet from Ethiopia raised $1,231 to fund hypospadias repair.

Genet
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  • $1,231 raised, $0 to go
$1,231
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Genet's treatment was fully funded on December 31, 2019.

Photo of Genet post-operation

January 16, 2020

Genet underwent hypospadias repair.

The surgery proceeded as planned. Unfortunately he needed additional pharmacological treatment. His genitalia is now reconstructed and this will enable him to urinate normally. He will no longer be at continuous risk of urethral infections or infertility later in life.

Genet’s mom said, “I feel happy that my son got this successful surgery. I would like to thank Watsi. It is my prayer for their service to upgrade and reach a lot more who are sitting at home without any medical attention. I also thank the hospital because they gave me hope that my child will be ok and delivered quality service.”

The surgery proceeded as planned. Unfortunately he needed additional pharmacological treatment. His genitalia is now reconstructed and this...

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October 14, 2019

Genet is a playful cute baby from Ethiopia. He is the only child to his mother, a finance officer at an insurance company in the capital. Genet has hypospadias, a congenital malformation where the urinary opening is not in the usual place. This challenges the young child from peeing while standing like any other boy. If not treated, Genet will continue experiencing difficulties urinating, suffer social discrimination and reproductive challenges when he grows up.

He was reviewed in our facility and surgery to correct the defect recommended. Genet’s mother is a single mom with limited income to meet all the demands of city life including basic needs and that of healthcare. She was shocked to learn about the required surgery and afraid as she is not able to meet the cost of treatment. She appeals for financial assistance.

Fortunately, Genet is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on October 16th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,231 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care.

Genet’s mother says, “I am here with a hope that he gets the surgery.”

Genet is a playful cute baby from Ethiopia. He is the only child to his mother, a finance officer at an insurance company in the capital. Ge...

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Genet's Timeline

  • October 14, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Genet was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare Foundation, our medical partner in Ethiopia.

  • October 22, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Genet received treatment at BethanyKids Myungsung Christian Medical Centre (BKMCM). 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 10, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Genet's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 31, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Genet's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 16, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Genet's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 22 donors

Funded by 22 donors

Treatment
Hypospadias
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,231 for Genet's treatment
Hospital Fees
$1,126
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$40
Supplies
$0
Labs
$65
  • 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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