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Zacharia from Kenya raised $655 to treat hypospadias and prevent infection.

Zacharia
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Zacharia's treatment was fully funded on September 10, 2015.

Photo of Zacharia post-operation

September 22, 2015

Zacharia received treatment for his hypospadias.

“Zacharia’s urethral orifice was normally positioned and he now has a regular stream,” our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation reports. “He can now pass urine in a standing position. His treatment has reduced the risk of infection. Zacharia is very happy now that he has been treated.”

“Thank you very much,” shares Zacharia. “I will work hard in school and maybe one day be able to help someone too.”

"Zacharia’s urethral orifice was normally positioned and he now has a regular stream," our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Found...

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August 19, 2015

Meet Zacharia, an eight-year-boy from Kenya whose favorite subject in school is social studies.

Zacharia came to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), with hypospadias. “Zacharia’s urethral opening is abnormally placed on the ventral side [underside] of his penis, and as a result, he has an irregular stream,” explains AMHF. “Passing urine for him is a challenge and leads to teasing by his brother and friends.”

AMHF adds, “Zacharia is likely to experience urinary tract infections and impotence if not treated.”

Treatment for hypospadias is surgery. The surgeon takes tissue grafts from the foreskin or from the inside of the mouth to extend the length of the urethra so that it opens at the tip of the penis.

Zacharia’s father is retired and receives a monthly pension, but it is not enough to pay for surgery for Zacharia, in addition to the family’s household needs and education expenses for the children.

$655 will cover the cost of surgery for Zacharia, as well as 10 days of hospital care. “If treated,” says AMHF, “Zacharia will be able to pass urine normally and the risk of urinary tract infections will also reduce.”

“I don’t want my brother to laugh at me anymore,” says Zacharia. “I hope I will be treated.”

Meet Zacharia, an eight-year-boy from Kenya whose favorite subject in school is social studies. Zacharia came to our medical partner, Afr...

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Zacharia's Timeline

  • August 19, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 20, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Zacharia received treatment. 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 1, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Zacharia's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 10, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    Zacharia's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 22, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Zacharia. Read the update.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

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James

James is former motorbike taxi driver from Kenya. He's married and is the father of two children 13 and 6 years old. James' wife is works part-time on a rice farm in their hometown. The family currently lives in a rental house paid for by their local church pastor. In November 2017, James was in a motorbike accident. Due to the accident, he lost his job, and he shared that his life became one revolving around experiencing pain and constant hospital visits. He underwent surgery on his broken leg in a nearby health facility in his hometown. Following the procedure he had a challenging recovery due to infections, causing him sleepless nights and visits to different healthcare facilities. James was finally referred to our medical partner's care center Kijabe Hospital where he underwent several treatments in May. James returned home but later came back to the hospital with a wounded leg that was in bad shape with an exposed bone. The doctors originally admitted James for repair surgery, but determined he needed a below-knee amputation which took place in mid-June. James still experiences a lot of pain, so the surgeon recommend he undergo another round of intense debridement in the amputated area to remove his damaged tissue and help him to finally heal. James has national health insurance, which supported his two major surgeries, but his coverage has been depleted and will not support the care he needs now. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping James receive treatment. On June 25th, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to prevent the spread of infection and speed up his recovery. Now, James needs help to fund this $1,185 procedure. James wishes to be free from pain, “I, unfortunately, lost my leg due to a sudden amputation, and I am still in shock. I will never be able to use both legs again. I am still in a lot of pain and the wound needs another procedure for me to be well. I need to get out of the hospital and figure out how to take care of my family with my current condition.”

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$1,053raised
$132to go

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