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Success! Ronald from Kenya raised $655 for hypospadias treatment.

Ronald
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Fully funded
Ronald's treatment was fully funded on December 1, 2015.

Photo of Ronald post-operation

February 8, 2016

Ronald received successful treatment for hypospadias.

“Ronald’s hypospadias repair was successful and now his urethral orifice is normally positioned,” our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), shares. This means that Ronald can now use the restroom comfortably and not worry about being teased by his peers.

“He now has a regular stream. He can now pass urine comfortably,” AMHF adds. “This treatment has reduced the risk of Ronald suffering from urinary tract infections.”

“I don’t know how to appreciate your generosity. All I can say is thank you for your love and care,” Ronald shares.

"Ronald’s hypospadias repair was successful and now his urethral orifice is normally positioned," our medical partner, African Mission Healt...

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November 27, 2015

Ronald is a 13-year-old boy who lives in Kenya with his mother, father, and two younger siblings. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF) describes Ronald as, “shy, calm, and quiet.”

Ronald was born with hypospadias, a congenital condition in which the urethra does not grow to its full length. As a result, the urethral opening is located on the underside of the penis, which in turn causes an irregular stream. If left untreated, hypospadias can lead to frequent urinary tract infections, infertility, and social stigma.

When Ronald’s parents first noticed his hypospadias when he was a baby, they took him to the nearest hospital. At the time, however, it seemed like a minor problem that may later improve. AMHF tells us, “It wasn’t until Ronald had reached the age at which many young boys in his culture transition into manhood—through a rite of passage commonly known as circumcision—that they noticed nothing had changed.”

At this point, Ronald’s parents decided to, “aggressively seek treatment.” However, Ronald’s father works at a mini-market and his mother tends to their home, so they are in need of financial support.

For $655 Ronald will receive hypospadias repair and 10 days of recovery in the hospital. This surgery will provide a long-term solution to Ronald’s condition by extending the length of the urethra.

Ronald shares, “I can’t pass urine near my friends because I am quite sure they will laugh at me. I hope to get treated soon because I don’t want to carry that feeling with me into high school.”

Ronald, who will be starting high school soon, plans to work hard, get good grades, and pursue his dream of becoming an engineer.

Ronald is a 13-year-old boy who lives in Kenya with his mother, father, and two younger siblings. Our medical partner, African Mission Healt...

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Ronald's Timeline

  • November 27, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Ronald was submitted by Beatrice Njoroge, Curative Medical Support Program Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • December 1, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ronald 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.

  • December 1, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ronald's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 1, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ronald's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 8, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ronald's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 26 donors

Funded by 26 donors

Treatment
Hypospadius Repair
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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