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.”