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Success! Joseph from Kenya raised $483 to fund corrective surgery to heal his birth condition.

Joseph
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$483
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Fully funded
Joseph's treatment was fully funded on January 1, 2022.

Photo of Joseph post-operation

January 12, 2022

Joseph underwent corrective surgery to heal his birth condition.

Joseph had successful surgery and responded very well to his treatment. By the second day, he was up and about. His mother is so happy to know her son is now ready to grow up like other boys. She was even more grateful that her two sons Joseph and Jayden have successfully been treated through Watsi support, something she never dreamed would be possible.

Joseph is now free from the risk of infection, strangulation, and other future complications. This procedure has uplifted his self-esteem and he’s been all smiles!

“I cannot thank you enough for supporting my son. We don’t know what we would have done, but now we are grateful and hopeful that his life will now improve and we’ll be happy to see him grow up like other boys,” said Joseph’s mother.

Joseph had successful surgery and responded very well to his treatment. By the second day, he was up and about. His mother is so happy to kn...

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November 3, 2021

Joseph is a 3-year-old who hails from Kiambu County in Kenya. He is the fourth born in a family of five children. Joseph loves to play with his siblings.

At the age of one year, Joseph’s mother took him to the hospital. His health was not well enough at that time to safely undergo surgery. In September of this year, they brought him to Nazareth Hospital and doctors diagnosed him with cryptorchdisim. Cryptorchidism is a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Joseph has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future.

The surgeon recommends an orchidopexy procedure but the family’s health insurance could not be used since it has paid for previous surgeries and also treatment for his other brothers. Joseph’s family’s income is very limited and they are seeking help.

Joseph will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on November 4th. AMHF is requesting $483 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care.

“We really appreciate the kind sponsorship of our other son. We pray that you may extend the same gesture to Joseph so that he can also grow up like other normal boys,” says Joseph’s father.

Joseph is a 3-year-old who hails from Kiambu County in Kenya. He is the fourth born in a family of five children. Joseph loves to play with ...

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Joseph's Timeline

  • November 3, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Joseph was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • November 4, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Joseph 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.

  • November 10, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Joseph's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 1, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Joseph's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 12, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Joseph's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

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