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Success! Myles from Kenya raised $483 to fund an orchidopexy surgery.

Myles
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$483
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Fully funded
Myles's treatment was fully funded on December 20, 2020.

Photo of Myles post-operation

February 11, 2021

Myles underwent an orchidopexy surgery.

Myles was sleeping soundly when our Watsi rep went to take his photos after successful a surgery. Myles’ mother asked that we take the photos outdoors while he catches some rays of sunshine. She is optimistic that Myles will fully recover from the surgery and slowly but surely grow up to have his own family.

Myles mother said, “I am very grateful to your team for assisting with my son’s operation. I thank God one challenge has been overcome and we can now focus on other small wins every day as we work to achieve Myles’ milestones.”

Myles was sleeping soundly when our Watsi rep went to take his photos after successful a surgery. Myles’ mother asked that we take the photo...

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December 8, 2020

Myles is a 3-year-old boy from Kenya. He was born with some developmental delays, which his mother noticed a few months after he was born. At 3 years of age, he has just started crawling and trying to walk. Now, his mother takes him to the hospital for therapy, and she has had to stop her work at a hotel to take care of her son. Today, Myles and his mom stay with and depend fully on his mom’s sister.

About seven months ago, Myles was unwell and was admitted in the hospital. It is during this time that the nurses noted both his testis were undescended. A scan was done that confirmed the diagnosis of cryptorchidism. A sister-in-law who works at Nazareth Hospital referred Myles and his mother to Watsi’s Medical Partner’s team and after review, surgery was recommended for Myles. If his condition is left untreated, Myles has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. His family has been unable to raise funds for his care and appeal for help.

Myles will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo a corrective surgery called an orchidopexy on December 10th. AMHF is requesting $483 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care.

Myles’ mother shared, “I care a lot about my son in his current situation. I always want the best for him. I am asking for this support so that he can be treated and be normal like other boys. I know God can work miracles and so I hope in the future he will be well and even have his own family.”

Myles is a 3-year-old boy from Kenya. He was born with some developmental delays, which his mother noticed a few months after he was born. A...

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Myles's Timeline

  • December 8, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Myles was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • December 10, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Myles's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 20, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Myles's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 22, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Myles 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 11, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Myles's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Nazareth - Orchidopexy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $483 for Myles'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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Kyarituha

Kyarituha is a tailor from Uganda. Kyarituha attended school until reaching secondary school class three, but did not finish her education due to financial constraints at home. After leaving, she enrolled at a tailoring practice. Two years ago, Kyarituha stopped working as a tailor and became a homemaker when business stopped being profitable. Kyarituha's husband is a small scale farmer. Together with their 3 children, the family lives in a three-roomed house. Their two older children are in primary school, which requires school fees that the parents find difficult to supply. During her free time, Kyarituha still enjoys being able to repair clothes for her family and friends. Kyarituha is currently expecting her fourth child. She received full antenatal care at our medical partner's care center, Rushoroza Hospital. When she came to the hospital on July 19th with minor pain, she was reviewed and a caesarean section was recommended by her doctors due to a previous c-section and unfavorable fetus position. The procedure could save her from uterine rupture which puts her and her baby at risk. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMH), is helping Kyarituha undergo a C-Section on July 20th. AMH is requesting support for this $207 procedure that will ensure the safety of both the mother and child. Kyarituha shares her future plans, “I pray for a successful surgery. I will resume tailoring as soon as I gather enough business capital but meanwhile, I plan to start farming to assist my husband in taking care of our family.”

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