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Ian is a resilient 7 year old boy from Kenya who needs $483 to fund corrective surgery so he can grow up healthy.

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September 15, 2022

Ian is a caring seven year old and is the second born in a family of two boys. Ian and his brother are under the care of their grandmother, because their mother has left the family, while their father sustained brain damage after a motorcycle accident, leaving him unable to provide for his children. Ian’s grandmother works at a hospital, while his grandfather is a farmer.

Ian discovered his condition with the help of his elder brother, and as the result of the new system of education in Kenya, where children are taught how to examine and better understand their bodies. After telling their grandmother, she brought Ian to the local hospital, where he was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, or undescended testicles.

The doctor recommended an orchidopexy, to treat Ian’s condition. If Ian does not undergo this procedure, he will live with an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future.

Ian’s grandmother is not in a position to fund his treatment, and therefore, she requests your support. Thanks to the assistance of our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, Ian is scheduled for surgery on September 19th, at Nazareth Hospital. African Mission Healthcare Foundation is seeking $483 to cover the cost of Ian’s surgery and care.

Ian’s grandmother says: “These are my grandchildren and I love them. I plead for help so that Ian can get treatment and be able to grow in a normal way like other boys.”

Ian is a caring seven year old and is the second born in a family of two boys. Ian and his brother are under the care of their grandmother,...

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Ian's Timeline

  • September 15, 2022

    Ian was submitted by SAFE Program Admin, SAFE Program Admin at African Mission Healthcare.

  • September 17, 2022

    Ian's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 19, 2022

    Ian was scheduled to receive 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.


    Ian is currently raising funds for his treatment.

  • TBD

    Awaiting Ian's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Nazareth - Orchidopexy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $483 for Ian's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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