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Success! Arobo from Ethiopia raised $1,231 to fund hypospadias surgery.

Arobo
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  • $1,231 raised, $0 to go
$1,231
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Arobo's treatment was fully funded on January 9, 2020.

Photo of Arobo post-operation

January 16, 2020

Arobo underwent hypospadias surgery.

The surgery proceeded as planned. Both the surgery and the post-op course was smooth and went as expected. Arobo’s genitalia is now reconstructed. This will enable him to urinate normally and he will no longer be at risk of UTIs or infertility.

Arobo’s mom and his brother said, “We are grateful for God. This medical care was amazing. The hospital stay was very nice. The doctors and the nurses are so good and caring. He can now follow his education without any worry and trouble. We like to thank our donors for this privilege. It is our prayer for God to bless them.”

The surgery proceeded as planned. Both the surgery and the post-op course was smooth and went as expected. Arobo's genitalia is now reconstr...

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November 28, 2019

Arobo is a student from Ethiopia with three siblings who are also students. He is a nice boy who is outgoing and playful. Arobo loves to play football with his friends and loves to read books. Arobo’s mother is a widower and their family lives in a remote area. Her income is very limited even to sustain the basic need of the family.

Arobo was born with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility.

Fortunately, Arobo is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on December 12. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,231 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care.

Arobo’s brother said “We hope he will be healed from his condition after this surgery. And if he heals our mother, I and our sisters will be relived from worry. And he will also be well psychologically.”

Arobo is a student from Ethiopia with three siblings who are also students. He is a nice boy who is outgoing and playful. Arobo loves to pla...

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Arobo's Timeline

  • November 28, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 02, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Arobo's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 05, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Arobo received treatment at BethanyKids Myungsung Christian Medical Centre (BKMCM). 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.

  • January 09, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Arobo's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 16, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Arobo's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 24 donors

Funded by 24 donors

Treatment
Hypospadias
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,231 for Arobo's treatment
Hospital Fees
$1,126
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$40
Supplies
$0
Labs
$65
  • 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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