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Success! Clarance from Kenya raised $646 to fund corrective surgery so he can grow up healthy.

Clarance
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$646
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Clarance's treatment was fully funded on November 29, 2021.

Photo of Clarance post-operation

December 9, 2021

Clarance underwent corrective surgery so he can grow up healthy.

Clarance had a successful surgery with our medical partner! His family is relieved that he is now out of pain and his swelling has disappeared.

Clarance’s father says: “I’m very much relieved with his treatment being successful and now he can go to school when he recovers fully.”

Clarance had a successful surgery with our medical partner! His family is relieved that he is now out of pain and his swelling has disappear...

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September 13, 2021

Clarance is a playful and happy 11-year-old boy. He’s a good student in grade four in school. His parents are separated and Clarance lives with his father, who works as a cleaner in a train station in Nairobi, Kenya

Clarance has been diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Clarance will have an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Clarance receive treatment. On September 14th, he will undergo corrective surgery at AMH’s care center. Now, AMH is requesting $646 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care.

Clarance’s father shared, “I would really like my child to be treated and go back to school.”

Clarance is a playful and happy 11-year-old boy. He's a good student in grade four in school. His parents are separated and Clarance lives w...

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Clarance's Timeline

  • September 13, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 14, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Clarance 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 19, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Clarance's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 29, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Clarance's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 9, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Clarance's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Orchidopexy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $646 for Clarance's treatment
Hospital Fees
$480
Medical Staff
$10
Medication
$30
Supplies
$90
Labs
$5
Other
$31
  • 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.