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Success! Stanley from Kenya raised $483 to fund corrective surgery to return to school.

Stanley
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  • $483 raised, $0 to go
$483
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Stanley's treatment was fully funded on September 20, 2021.

Photo of Stanley post-operation

August 4, 2021

Stanley underwent surgery for his condition and is happy to return to school.

The fact that Stanley was brought to Nazareth Hospital and surgery was done without delay made his mother very happy and brought great relief. Stanley had successful treatment and recovered well post-operatively. By the second day post-op, he was on his way home. Once complete healing takes place, Stanley will be fully relieved of pain. He is no longer at risk of infections, strangulation, or future infertility.

“I am very happy to see my son already having had treatment. It is good to see him happy and I am hoping soon he will be back to his normal life and even go back to school. God bless you all,” said Stanley’s mother.

The fact that Stanley was brought to Nazareth Hospital and surgery was done without delay made his mother very happy and brought great relie...

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June 23, 2021

Stanley is a fifth-grade student. He’s the third child in his family of three other siblings and his single mother. His mom sells tomatoes in the market to support their family.

Stanley was brought to the hospital by his concerned and worried mother, where the 12-year-old was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Stanley has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Stanley, wearing his woolen hat, remains positive about his condition.

Fortunately, Stanley will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH). He is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on June 28th. AMH is requesting $483 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care.

“I have been taking him to another hospital but we were facing delay in treatment. I am seeking help because my son is feeling pain, is not able to go to school and I just want to see him having his normal life,” said Stanley’s mother.

Stanley is a fifth-grade student. He's the third child in his family of three other siblings and his single mother. His mom sells tomatoes i...

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Stanley's Timeline

  • June 23, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Stanley was submitted by Beatrice Njoroge, Curative Medical Support Program Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • June 26, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Stanley's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 28, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Stanley 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.

  • August 4, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Stanley's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 20, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Stanley's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 16 donors

Funded by 16 donors

Treatment
Nazareth - Orchidopexy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $483 for Stanley's treatment
Hospital Fees
$365
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$9
Supplies
$56
Labs
$30
Other
$23
  • 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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