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Success! Elvis from Kenya raised $700 to fund corrective surgery.

Elvis
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  • $700 raised, $0 to go
$700
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Elvis's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Elvis post-operation

April 14, 2017

Elvis underwent corrective surgery.

Elvis’s surgery to correct the defect was successful. He no longer experiences urinary dysfunction. His parents are glad that his condition was corrected before it could affect Elvis’s social life.

“God bless you for helping me,” says Elvis.

Elvis’s surgery to correct the defect was successful. He no longer experiences urinary dysfunction. His parents are glad that his condition ...

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March 24, 2017

Elvis is a six-year-old boy from Kenya. He lives with his family in Nairobi. According to the staff at our medical partner’s care center, BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital, he is sharp, playful, and full of life.

Elvis was born with penoscrotal hypospadias—a condition in which the urethral orifice is abnormally placed. If left untreated, he is likely to experience social stigma and impotence.

Elvis is scheduled to undergo treatment on March 29. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $700 to cover the cost of the operation. After surgery, Elvis will be able to grow and develop normally.

“You are heaven-sent because we could not do it without your assistance,” his mother says.

Elvis is a six-year-old boy from Kenya. He lives with his family in Nairobi. According to the staff at our medical partner's care center, Be...

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Elvis's Timeline

  • March 24, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Elvis was submitted by Maya Murao, Fellow at African Mission Healthcare.

  • March 29, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Elvis 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.

  • April 4, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Elvis's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 14, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Elvis's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Elvis's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

Treatment
Hypospadius Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $700 for Elvis's treatment
Hospital Fees
$684
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$12
Supplies
$0
Labs
$4
  • 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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