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Success! Melvin from Kenya raised $459 to fund testicular surgery.

Melvin
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  • $459 raised, $0 to go
$459
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Melvin's treatment was fully funded on December 16, 2019.

Photo of Melvin post-operation

January 16, 2020

Melvin underwent testicular surgery.

Melvin had a successful orchidopexy. By the time he went home with his mother he was healing well. With this treatment Melvin is now in a position to grow up normally. He is no longer at risk of infection or infertility.

“I am very grateful and thank God for hearing my plea and helping my child. At least now I can relax as I am confident he will grow up like other boys. God bless Watsi so much,” Melvin’s mother said with a smile.

Melvin had a successful orchidopexy. By the time he went home with his mother he was healing well. With this treatment Melvin is now in a po...

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November 20, 2019

Melvin is a playful four-year-old boy from Kenya. He lives with his mother who is single after separating with his father. She does casual work of washing clothes for neighbors to sustain the family.

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

Melvin will be receiving treatment from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). AMHF is requesting $459 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care.

Melvin’s’ mother said, “I am kindly requesting for support. I have been moving to and from different hospitals and was getting worried about my son. I hope he can get help and be treated so that he can grow up like other boys.”

Melvin is a playful four-year-old boy from Kenya. He lives with his mother who is single after separating with his father. She does casual w...

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Melvin's Timeline

  • November 20, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Melvin was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare Foundation, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • November 25, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Melvin received treatment at Nazareth Hospital. 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 29, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Melvin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 16, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Melvin's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 16, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Melvin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Nazareth - Orchidopexy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $459 for Melvin'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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