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Success! Koket from Ethiopia raised $1,155 for hypospadias repair surgery.

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Koket's treatment was fully funded on September 23, 2016.

Photo of Koket post-operation

October 26, 2016

Koket successfully received hypospadias repair surgery.

Koket’s is doing great and his surgery was a success. Doctors were able to reconstruct his genitalia, reducing the risk of urinary tract infections and enabling him to urinate properly.

Koket’s parents expressed their gratitude to the staff after the operation, “We did not except this kind of great service both in the ward and outside the ward. The quality service we got because of you is beyond our expectation,” says Koket’s parents. “We are so happy to see him get the right treatment after all this time. He feels so good now. God bless you.”

Koket's is doing great and his surgery was a success. Doctors were able to reconstruct his genitalia, reducing the risk of urinary tract inf...

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August 7, 2016

Twelve-year-old Koket is a spirited boy from Ethiopia who loves to play football and watch movies. He wants to be a doctor in the future. His parents are civil servants who raise and teach six children, including Koket.

Koket was born with hypospadias, a birth defect of the urethra in which the opening is not at the usual location at the head of the penis. In Koket’s case, the urethral opening is in two different places, making him unable to urinate while standing.

In the last 12 years, Koket’s parents have taken him to several hospitals in Ethiopia, and they have spent a lot of money on transportation and on treatment, including six different surgeries for his condition. Koket is currently on a two-year waiting list for the hypospadias repair surgery that he needs. Without additional treatment, Koket may suffer urinary tract infections, and continued urine leaks may cause skin rashes.

Koket’s condition has affected him and his parents socially and psychologically. “I gave all I had for my son’s treatment in the past twelve years,” shares Koket’s father. “And in 2014, we were included on a waiting list and waited for a call for about two years, and that made both his mother and me weary. We always worry about his condition.”

For $1,155, Koket will undergo hypospadias repair, a procedure in which the surgeon takes tissue grafts from the foreskin or from the inside of the mouth to extend the length of the urethra so that it opens at the tip of the penis. Funding also covers the costs of a 10-day hospital stay, including blood tests and medicine.

After surgery, Koket will be able to pass urine normally, and the risk of urinary tract infections will be reduced.

Twelve-year-old Koket is a spirited boy from Ethiopia who loves to play football and watch movies. He wants to be a doctor in the future. Hi...

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Koket's Timeline

  • August 7, 2016

    Koket was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • August 15, 2016

    Koket received treatment at BethanyKids Myungsung Christian Medical Centre (BKMCM) in Ethiopia. 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.

  • September 6, 2016

    Koket's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 23, 2016

    Koket's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 26, 2016

    Koket's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

  • 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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