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

Emmanuel
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  • $646 raised, $0 to go
$646
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Emmanuel's treatment was fully funded on July 11, 2022.

Photo of Emmanuel post-operation

July 19, 2022

Emmanuel underwent surgery so he can grow up healthy.

Emmanuel’s surgery went well! He is recovering smoothly and will visit the hospital for a follow-up visit in the coming weeks so his doctors can continue to assess his recovery. Because of this procedure, Emmanuel is no longer at risk for any future complications, which is a relief to his family.

Emmanuel’s mother said, “Before the surgery was done, all we wanted is for him to undergo surgery successfully. We thank God that He answered our prayers.”

Emmanuel’s surgery went well! He is recovering smoothly and will visit the hospital for a follow-up visit in the coming weeks so his doctors...

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March 30, 2022

Emmanuel is a talkative and social 10-year-old and the older brother in his family of two children. Emmanuel’s mother used to help people care for their homes until she fell ill a few years ago and can no longer work. Now, Emmanual’s family relies on his father’s income as he sells clothes and works on farms to help provide for their needs.

Emmanuel was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Emmanuel has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility challenges in the future. His parents took him to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), where the doctors determined he will need to undergo surgery. On April 21st, Emmanual will undergo corrective surgery to remove the risk of any future complications. AMH is requesting $646 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care.

Emmanuel’s mother says, “I waited for a long time in the hope that he will be well, but it has not gone our way. All we pray for is for him to be treated soon.”

Emmanuel is a talkative and social 10-year-old and the older brother in his family of two children. Emmanuel's mother used to help people ca...

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Emmanuel's Timeline

  • March 30, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Emmanuel was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • April 14, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Emmanuel 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 25, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Emmanuel's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 11, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Emmanuel's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 19, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Emmanuel's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
Orchidopexy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $646 for Emmanuel'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.