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Success! Sky from Uganda raised $199 to fund corrective surgery.

Sky
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$199
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sky's treatment was fully funded on January 31, 2018.

Photo of Sky post-operation

January 3, 2018

Sky underwent corrective surgery.

Sky’s bilateral orchidopexy was a success. He is no longer at risk of infertility in the future. After recovery he will be able to play and grow with good health.

His mother says, “I am excited that my son will grow with good health. I am very grateful and appreciative to Watsi. I have nothing to give in return. God bless you Watsi.”

Sky’s bilateral orchidopexy was a success. He is no longer at risk of infertility in the future. After recovery he will be able to play and ...

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December 12, 2017

Sky is a child from Uganda. He has one older brother. His father is a driver, and his mother sells charcoal.

Sky was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Sky has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future.

Sky will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on December 13. AMHF is requesting $199 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care.

Sky’s mother says, “My son was born without testis. This condition needs surgery and I am unable to pay for it.”

Sky is a child from Uganda. He has one older brother. His father is a driver, and his mother sells charcoal. Sky was diagnosed with cryp...

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Sky's Timeline

  • December 12, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sky was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare Foundation, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • December 12, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sky's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 20, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sky received treatment at Holy Family Virika Hospital. 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 03, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sky's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 31, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sky's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Orchidopexy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $199 for Sky's treatment
Hospital Fees
$152
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$30
Supplies
$0
Labs
$17
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Normally, before a baby boy is born, the testicles move into the scrotum (the sac that holds the testicles). Sometimes, one or both testicles stay in the body cavity instead of moving into the scrotum. This is called undescended testicles or cryptorchidism. An orchidopexy is an operation to lower the testicles into the scrotum. A patient may need to have this operation on one or both testicles.

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

Ideally, the surgery should be performed before a child reaches two years old. 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.

  • 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. According to the guidelines published by the American Urological Association in May 2014, orchidopexy is the most successful therapy to relocate the testis into the scrotum. Hormone therapy is not recommended.

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