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Immanuel is a sweet young boy from Kenya who needs $700 to fund hypospadias repair.

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January 2, 2020

Immanuel is a young boy from Kenya. He say and wiped his mother’s tears as she narrated her story to us. His mother is in a broken marriage and since they live with her husband’s family, they are suffering financial hardship and insecurity about where to live. Immanuel’s mother has tried seeking justice from women groups but has not yet been successful.

Immanuel was diagnosed with hypospadias, where the urethral opening is below the normal position. This affects his urination and if not treated, will affect his sexuality. He had an initial surgery in early 2019 through the national health system, however, insurance cannot cover his planned surgery and Immanuel’s mother appeals for financial assistance.

Fortunately, Immanuel is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on January 7th with our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, who is requesting $700 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care.

Immanuel’s mother says, “My prayer is to get justice and have my son recover fully.”

Immanuel is a young boy from Kenya. He say and wiped his mother’s tears as she narrated her story to us. His mother is in a broken marriage ...

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Immanuel's Timeline

  • January 2, 2020

    Immanuel was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • January 03, 2020

    Immanuel's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 07, 2020

    Immanuel was scheduled to receive treatment at BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH). 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.


    Immanuel is currently raising funds for his treatment.

  • TBD

    Awaiting Immanuel's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Hypospadius Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $700 for Immanuel'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?

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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