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Success! Francis from Kenya raised $569 to fund a bilateral orchidopexy surgery.

Francis
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  • $569 raised, $0 to go
$569
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Francis's treatment was fully funded on May 25, 2021.

Photo of Francis post-operation

June 15, 2021

Francis underwent a bilateral orchidopexy surgery.

Francis underwent a successful surgery in our facility, with no complications and is recovering well! His mother brings him back for regular clinic check-ups to assess his recovery, as advised by his doctor. Francis is feeling well, and his mother is very grateful for the treatment Francis received.

Francis’ mother says: “I have no words to describe how excited I am. May the almighty God bless you abundantly.”

Francis underwent a successful surgery in our facility, with no complications and is recovering well! His mother brings him back for regular...

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April 30, 2021

Francis is a nine-year-old boy and the youngest of four children in his family. Francis is developmentally delayed, and his mother shared that at he has not yet developed speech and recently learned how to walk. Francis’ father is intellectually disabled and does not work. Francis’ mother does a variety of jobs, including feeding neighbors’ cattle to provide for their family.

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

Fortunately, Francis will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH). He is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on May 8th. Now, AMH is requesting $569 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care.

Francis’ mother shared, “as the breadwinner in the family, I cannot raise the funds for his surgery. We are requesting financial help.”

Francis is a nine-year-old boy and the youngest of four children in his family. Francis is developmentally delayed, and his mother shared th...

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Francis's Timeline

  • April 30, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 5, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Francis's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 10, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Francis received treatment at BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH) 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.

  • May 25, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Francis's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 15, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Francis's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 15 donors

Funded by 15 donors

Treatment
Orchidopexy (Double)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $569 for Francis's treatment
Hospital Fees
$536
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$2
Supplies
$0
Labs
$4
Other
$27
  • 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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