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Success! Evan from Kenya raised $535 to treat a congenital condition.

Evan
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  • $535 raised, $0 to go
$535
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Evan's treatment was fully funded on October 24, 2016.

Photo of Evan post-operation

January 13, 2017

Evan underwent successful corrective surgery.

This procedure has minimized his risk of infertility, testicular cancer, or inguinal hernia.

“Thank you again for having such a wonderful foundation,” says Evan’s mother.

This procedure has minimized his risk of infertility, testicular cancer, or inguinal hernia. “Thank you again for having such a wonderful...

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September 1, 2016

Evan is a bright, sharp and collected young man. He is the last-born in a family of two children and lives with his mother, grandmother and elder sister in Central Kenya.

Two months ago, Evan began complaining of lower abdominal pain after a meal and when passing urine. His mother bought over the counter painkillers at a local chemist but that did not help the situation. Due to its persistence, she sought help at the nearest hospital only to learn that Evan’s left testis had not descended. A surgery is required to descend the testis and save Evan from effects such as infertility, testicular cancer and/or hernia. The surgery comes at a cost his mother cannot meet.

Evan’s mother does casual tasks, such as farming to fend for her family, while his grandmother stays at home. Evan’s father left them, and therefore his mother is not able to fund his surgery.

Evan’s mother shares: “I work hard to give my children the best I can. I was confident that the surgery would not cost me much and the little savings I had. I hope someone can contribute towards Evan’s surgical care.”

Evan is a bright, sharp and collected young man. He is the last-born in a family of two children and lives with his mother, grandmother and ...

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Evan's Timeline

  • September 1, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 13, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Evan 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.

  • September 26, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Evan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 24, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Evan's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 13, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Evan's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
Orchidopexy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $535 for Evan's treatment
Hospital Fees
$530
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$1
Supplies
$0
Labs
$4
  • 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.