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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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Rose

Rose is a retried woman who used to work as a junior officer at the county government in Machakos in Kenya. Her husband is also retired, and they both now spend their time farming at their ancestral home to provide food for their family. Together, they have one daughter who is currently attending secondary school. Their family does not have a stable source of income. Rose was involved in a motorbike accident two weeks ago, and she was rushed to a nearby facility. There, she was treated for pain and discharged, but she later developed a blister on her right leg which burst and worsened into a wound. After attempting to clean the wound at home with no improvement, one of Rose's relatives advised her to visit Kijabe Hospital. On June 21st, she visited the facility and underwent two debridement surgeries where they removed damaged and infected tissue in her leg. However, her wound still needs care, as well as skin graft surgery. Due to financial constraints, Rose has not been able to pay for her medical coverage since she retired. She accrued a bill that she has been unable to clear, and as a result, she cannot afford her third procedure. Rose currently experiences pain due to her injury, and she is unable to use her right leg or walk. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Rose receive treatment. On July 4th, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to get rid of the infection and help her walk again. Now, Rose needs help to fund this $1,185 procedure. Rose shares, “I haven’t been able to walk since the accident. The leg was so swollen and infected. I am scared I might lose my leg if not treated.”

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$697raised
$488to go

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