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Success! Brandon from Kenya raised $542 to fund corrective testicular surgery.

Brandon
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  • $542 raised, $0 to go
$542
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Brandon's treatment was fully funded on September 29, 2017.

Photo of Brandon post-operation

August 2, 2017

Brandon underwent corrective testicular surgery.

He had a successful surgery to repair the sensitive condition. He is no longer at risk of pain, testicular cancer, or infertility.

“I wish you immense blessings for the love and generosity,” says Brandon’s mother.

He had a successful surgery to repair the sensitive condition. He is no longer at risk of pain, testicular cancer, or infertility. “I wi...

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June 23, 2017

Brandon is a two-year-old boy from Kenya. He has lived alone with his mother, who works as a spice vendor, ever since his initial diagnosis.

Late last year, Brandon was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a medical condition in which the testes remain undescended. Without surgical intervention, Brandon is at risk of the development of an inguinal hernia, infertility, and testicular cancer.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $542 to fund a double orchidopexy for Brandon, which intends to move and fix Brandon’s undescended testes into his scrotum. His treatment is scheduled to take place on June 26 and, once completed, will hopefully allow Brandon to live free from the medical complications that his condition currently puts him at risk of developing.

Brandon is a two-year-old boy from Kenya. He has lived alone with his mother, who works as a spice vendor, ever since his initial diagnosis....

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Brandon's Timeline

  • June 23, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Brandon was submitted by Maya Murao, Fellow at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • June 26, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Brandon received treatment at BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH). 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.

  • July 06, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Brandon's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 02, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Brandon's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 29, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Brandon's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Orchidopexy (Double)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $542 for Brandon's treatment
Hospital Fees
$536
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$2
Supplies
$0
Labs
$4
  • 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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