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Success! Liam from Kenya raised $561 to fund an orchidopexy procedure.

Liam
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  • $561 raised, $0 to go
$561
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Liam's treatment was fully funded on March 14, 2021.

Photo of Liam post-operation

March 16, 2021

Liam underwent testicular surgery.

Liam had successful orchidopexy procedure and he is now recovering well. The surgery has minimized the any potential risk of Liam’s testes being damaged, which could have put his future fertility and health at risk. His mother continues to bring Liam to follow-up clinics for the doctor to support a full recovery.

Liam’s mother shared, “Thank you so much to the supporters for the generous contribution that you have given to my son. Thank you to the doctors for treating my son. Most importantly thank you to God for His favor. May the Almighty bless you all very much.”

Liam had successful orchidopexy procedure and he is now recovering well. The surgery has minimized the any potential risk of Liam's testes b...

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January 28, 2021

Liam is a 5-year-old boy from Kenya. He was born spina bifida and clubfoot. A few days after his birth, the doctor also noticed that his testicles had yet to descend. At the time, this was not a major concern because it sometimes takes a while for this to occur. Liam’s mom was told to bring him back in five years if this did not happen. In the meantime, Liam underwent treatment for his other birth defects.

Four years down the line, only one of Liam’s testicles had descended, so Liam’s mom brought him to Watsi’s Partner Care Center BethanyKids Hospital for examination in 2019. Upon review, Liam was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Liam has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future.

Doctors recommended he undergo surgery, to be covered by the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF). The NHIF request was approved, but not approved at a level to cover all of Liam’s treatment. Liam’s mom decided to wait until she could raise more funds, but unfortunately the NHIF approval expired three months later without her knowledge. One year later, one of BethanyKids’ social workers reviewed a list of patients and saw that Liam still had yet to receive treatment.

Liam’s mother has not been able to raise the required amount for her son’s surgery through their friends and family. Liam’s father passed away when he was three weeks old. Having lost the breadwinner of the family, Liam’s mother had to work hard to support them. Before the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, Liam’s mother had found a job as a nursery school teacher. However, the job only lasted for three months until the school closed down due to the pandemic. When the schools reopened, she was not able to go to work because Liam was not accepted again in the school he used to attend. She is appealing for financial help.

Liam will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on February 8th. AMHF is requesting $561 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care.

Liam’s mother shared, “Through the years since Liam was born, I have never given up on him. He has undergone several surgeries and God has always provided. Even in the upcoming surgery, I am very hopeful that Liam will be treated.”

Liam is a 5-year-old boy from Kenya. He was born spina bifida and clubfoot. A few days after his birth, the doctor also noticed that his tes...

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Liam's Timeline

  • January 28, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Liam was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • February 8, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Liam 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.

  • February 8, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Liam's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 14, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Liam's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 16, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Liam's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Orchidopexy (Single)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $561 for Liam's treatment
Hospital Fees
$529
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$1
Supplies
$0
Labs
$4
Other
$27
  • 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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