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Success! Fidelis from Kenya raised $540 to address his genital malformation.

Fidelis
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Fidelis's treatment was fully funded on August 7, 2016.

Photo of Fidelis post-operation

September 4, 2016

Fidelis received surgery to address his genital malformation.

Fidelis’ right testis was successfully dropped in the scrotal sac. This has minimized the risks of impaired fertility, testicular cancer, and/or inguinal hernia.

“Saying thank you barely seems enough after all you have done,” Fidelis’ mother shared. “May God bless you.”

Fidelis’ right testis was successfully dropped in the scrotal sac. This has minimized the risks of impaired fertility, testicular cancer, an...

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July 3, 2016

Fidelis is a vibrant three-year old boy from Kenya; he is the youngest in a family of three children. This past year, Fidelis started experiencing symptoms which prompted his parents to take him to the nearest hospital. There, a scan confirmed their worst fears: their son’s right testis had not descended. Specialized treatment is required, but at a cost–a cost that Fidelis’ parents cannot live up to.

It was around that time that Fidelis’ parents separated due to domestic issues. His father was not ready to meet the demands of Fidelis’ treatment. This left his mother without help, so she returned to her parent’s home with Fidelis and his two siblings. Fidelis’ mother and his grandparents are subsistence farmers with no external source of income. They are therefore not able to raise the funds required for his surgical care.

With the help of African Mission Healthcare Foundation and $540, Fidelis will undergo an orchidopexy, during which an incision will be made and his testis will be manually brought down into the scrotum. With this treatment, Fidelis will no longer have trouble urinating or be at heightened risk for infections and infertility.

“I am still trying to come with terms to the fact that Fidelis’ father abandoned us,” shares Fidelis’ mother. “But even so, I have not lost hope and I believe that there will be a way to have Fidelis treated.”

Fidelis is a vibrant three-year old boy from Kenya; he is the youngest in a family of three children. This past year, Fidelis started experi...

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Fidelis's Timeline

  • July 3, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 4, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Fidelis 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.

  • August 1, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Fidelis's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 7, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Fidelis's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 4, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Fidelis's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 24 donors

Funded by 24 donors

Treatment
Orchidopexy (Single)
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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