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Success! Emmanuel from Kenya raised $655 for hypospadias treatment to help him pass urine normally.

Emmanuel
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Fully funded
Emmanuel's treatment was fully funded on April 7, 2016.

Photo of Emmanuel post-operation

May 12, 2016

Emmanuel underwent hypospadias treatment to help him pass urine normally.

“Thanks to all of you – my son will now be able to lead a normal life, for that, I am so thankful! We will always remember our time here and the generosity of the Watsi people,” Emmanuel’s mother shares.

Emmanuel was finally able to access the care he needed to treat his life-long condition. “He will now be able to pass urine without difficulty and normally,” our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), shares. “Emmanuel will have reduced risk of contracting urinary tract infections and also risk of infertility in the future.”

“Without Watsi, my son would not have been able to pursue the opportunities of a regular child,” Emmanuel’s mother added.

"Thanks to all of you – my son will now be able to lead a normal life, for that, I am so thankful! We will always remember our time here and...

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March 23, 2016

Emmanuel is a 14-month-old boy who lives with his parents and two siblings in a single-room rental house in Kenya.

“A few days after Emmanuel’s birth, his mother noticed that his urethral orifice was abnormally placed,” our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), tells us. “It was after sharing this problem with a friend that she was advised to seek specialized treatment for her son, which she did. This came with a discovery that Emmanuel has hypospadias, and the treatment he needs would cost money that the family could not raise.”

In males with hypospadias, the urethral opening is on the underside of the penis instead of at the tip. The abnormal location of the urethral opening causes difficulty passing urine and an irregular stream. “If not treated,” AMHF explains, “Emmanuel is likely to experience urinary tract infections and infertility in future.”

Treatment for Emmanuel is hypospadias repair, a procedure in which a surgeon takes tissue grafts from the foreskin or from the lining of the mouth to extend the length of the urethra so that it opens at the tip of the penis.

$655 covers the costs of surgery and a 10-day hospital stay, including blood tests and medicine. Emmanuel’s parents are contributing $50 to help cover additional costs associated with his care.

After treatment, AMHF shares that “Emmanuel will be able to pass urine normally, and the risk of urinary tract infections will be reduced.”

Emmanuel is a 14-month-old boy who lives with his parents and two siblings in a single-room rental house in Kenya. “A few days after Emma...

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Emmanuel's Timeline

  • March 23, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 24, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Emmanuel received treatment at BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH). 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.

  • April 07, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Emmanuel's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 07, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Emmanuel's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 12, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Emmanuel's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Treatment
Hypospadius Repair
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Hypospadias is a congenital defect in which the opening of the urethra is on the underside of the penis. The urethra is the tube that drains urine from the bladder. In males, the opening of the urethra is normally at the end of the penis. Symptoms of hypospadias vary. This condition may cause genital malformation and urinary dysfunction. It can lead to infections, social stigma, and infertility.

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

If this condition is not repaired, it can lead to urinary dysfunction, genital malformation, infertility, and increased risk of urinary tract infections.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Hypospadias is one of the most common birth defects in boys. It is the most frequent congenital urological anomaly, occurring in 1–3 per 1,000 live births.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

After surgery, the patient is monitored closely and discharged from the hospital after five days. Stitches will be removed during a follow-up appointment.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

The urethra will be corrected, improving urinary function.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This is a low-risk procedure, and the impact of this surgery lasts a lifetime. If the patient has complicated hypospadias, he may need to undergo further surgery. Follow-up visits with a urologist may also be needed, particularly when patients reach puberty.

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?

Surgery is not required for mild cases. Otherwise, there is no alternative.

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