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Success! Alvin from Kenya raised $646 to fund corrective surgery.

Alvin
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  • $646 raised, $0 to go
$646
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Alvin's treatment was fully funded on October 23, 2022.

Photo of Alvin post-operation

November 3, 2022

Alvin underwent corrective surgery.

Alvin’s surgery was completed successfully with no complications. His care reduced the chances of future serious complications. He is recovering well and his mother will be bringing him for follow up clinics for the doctor to make sure he fully recovers.

Alvin’s father says, “It was very hard for us to afford the treatment my son needed, but now he has undergone surgery. We are very grateful.”

Alvin’s surgery was completed successfully with no complications. His care reduced the chances of future serious complications. He is recove...

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May 10, 2022

Alvin is a jovial four-year-old in nursery school. Alvin is the firstborn in a family of two children. Alvin’s father used to work in an engineering company as a casual laborer, but lost his job during the onset of Covid-19. He now does jobs around their home area to provide for the family. Alvin’s mother is a stay-at-home mom.

Late last year, his father noticed some swelling in Alvin’s abdominal area. Alvin was examined at a nearby hospital and diagnosed with an inguinal hernia. Alvin was booked for surgery but they would have to wait for his treatment. A friend referred them to our medical partner’s care center BethanyKids Hospital as an alternative. Upon arrival, Alvin was examined and diagnosed with cryptorchidism. If left untreated, Alvin has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future.

Alvin’s family does not have medical insurance and can not raise the required amount of money to fund Alvin’s hospital bill. Alvin will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH) and is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on May 11th. AMH is requesting $646 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care.

Alvin’s father says, “Despite the financial struggles that we are going through, I know that God will provide the required amount of money to cater for my son’s bill.”

Alvin is a jovial four-year-old in nursery school. Alvin is the firstborn in a family of two children. Alvin's father used to work in an eng...

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Alvin's Timeline

  • May 10, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Alvin was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • May 11, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Alvin 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 12, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Alvin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 23, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Alvin's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 3, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Alvin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Treatment
Orchidopexy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $646 for Alvin's treatment
Hospital Fees
$480
Medical Staff
$10
Medication
$30
Supplies
$90
Labs
$5
Other
$31
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

One of the testicles either appears to be missing or cannot be felt in the scrotum.

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

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. Data on this condition is scarce in Kenya, so the true prevalence of acquired undescended testicles is still unknown.

  • 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.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.