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Success! Kelvin from Kenya raised $459 to fund corrective surgery.

Kelvin
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$459
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Fully funded
Kelvin's treatment was fully funded on February 7, 2018.

Photo of Kelvin post-operation

February 13, 2018

Kelvin underwent corrective surgery.

Kelvin’s treatment was successful, and now he is free from the risk of torsion or even infertility in the future. Kelvin is now also less likely to suffer an inguinal hernia.

“I am very happy and grateful for helping my son undergo surgery. God bless you,” Kelvin’s mother said.

Kelvin's treatment was successful, and now he is free from the risk of torsion or even infertility in the future. Kelvin is now also less li...

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January 26, 2018

Kelvin is a young student from Kenya. He lives with his mother and attends a special school for children with autism.

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

Kelvin will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on January 29. AMHF is requesting $459 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care.

“I love my son very much and I am hopeful he will recover and live a healthy and fulfilling life. That is why I plead for help so that he can be treated,” Kelvin’s mother says.

Kelvin is a young student from Kenya. He lives with his mother and attends a special school for children with autism. Kelvin was diagnose...

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Kelvin's Timeline

  • January 26, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 26, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kelvin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 30, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kelvin received treatment at Nazareth Hospital 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.

  • February 7, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kelvin's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 13, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kelvin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Nazareth - Orchidopexy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $459 for Kelvin's treatment
Hospital Fees
$364
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$9
Supplies
$56
Labs
$30
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Normally, before a baby boy is born, the testicles move into the scrotum (the sac that holds the testicles). Sometimes, one or both testicles stay in the body cavity instead of moving into the scrotum. This is called undescended testicles or cryptorchidism. An orchidopexy is an operation to lower the testicles into the scrotum. A patient may need to have this operation on one or both testicles.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Ideally, the surgery should be performed before a child reaches two years old. 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.

  • 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. According to the guidelines published by the American Urological Association in May 2014, orchidopexy is the most successful therapy to relocate the testis into the scrotum. Hormone therapy is not recommended.

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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Irine

Irine is a hardworking 76-year-old grandmother and widow from Kenya. She lives in a semi-permanent house and works as a small-scale farmer, growing food to feed herself. She receives other basic necessities from her children. Irine's home is located in an area with many hills, which become very slippery when it rains. One rainy day, Irine was doing her daily duties when she unfortunately slipped and fell. As she fell on the side of her hip, the load she was carrying also fell on top of her. She could not get up or move due to her right lower limb being in pain. Since she was home alone, she had to shout for help, and a neighbor eventually came to her rescue. A family member later took her to a hospital, where she was diagnosed with a fracture of her right femur. Irene currently experiences pain and is unable to use her leg. Although she was previously among the beneficiaries who received health insurance paid for by the government, the government eventually stopped providing payment. This meant Irine had to pay for her own monthly bill, a cost she could not provide. Due to financial constraints and not having insurance, Irine cannot fund her needed treatment. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On August 2nd, Irine will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. After the surgery, she will hopefully be able to walk and care for herself again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,247 to fund this procedure. Irine says, "I know how my children struggle to earn a living. Kindly help me so that I may not be a burden to them.”

49% funded

49%funded
$621raised
$626to go