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Success! Collins from Kenya raised $700 to fund hypospadias repair.

Collins
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$700
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Collins's treatment was fully funded on December 30, 2017.

Photo of Collins post-operation

August 25, 2017

Collins underwent hypospadias repair.

Collins’s surgery to correct the defect was successful. He no longer experiences urinary dysfunction.

“I really appreciate the love I got from everyone I met and the financial help accorded,” says Collins’s father.

Collins’s surgery to correct the defect was successful. He no longer experiences urinary dysfunction. “I really appreciate the love I go...

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June 30, 2017

Collins is a 23-month-old boy from Kenya. He lives with his parents in a one-room house in the suburbs of Nairobi. Collins’ mother looks after him while his father sells bedding in an open air market.

Collins has been diagnosed with hypospadias, a congenital disorder of the urethra where the urinary opening is not at its usual location. If not treated, Collins is at risk of developing urinary tract infections and of being unable to pass urine while standing like other boys.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $700, in addition to the $52 subsidized by Collins’ family, in order to fund hypospadius repair for Collins. The surgery is scheduled to take place on July 3 and, once completed, will hopefully allow Collins to live comfortably and confidently.

Collins’ father says, “My prayer is that Collins gets treated and leads a normal life. I am afraid that this would stigmatize him if he goes untreated and he will definitely blame us.”

Collins is a 23-month-old boy from Kenya. He lives with his parents in a one-room house in the suburbs of Nairobi. Collins' mother looks aft...

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Collins's Timeline

  • June 30, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Collins was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • July 03, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Collins 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 20, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Collins's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 25, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Collins's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 30, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Collins's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Hypospadius Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $700 for Collins's treatment
Hospital Fees
$684
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$12
Supplies
$0
Labs
$4
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Hypospadias is a congenital defect in which the opening of the urethra is on the underside of the penis. The urethra is the tube that drains urine from the bladder. In males, the opening of the urethra is normally at the end of the penis. Symptoms of hypospadias vary. This condition may cause genital malformation and urinary dysfunction. It can lead to infections, social stigma, and infertility.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

If this condition is not repaired, it can lead to urinary dysfunction, genital malformation, infertility, and increased risk of urinary tract infections.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Hypospadias is one of the most common birth defects in boys. It is the most frequent congenital urological anomaly, occurring in 1–3 per 1,000 live births.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

After surgery, the patient is monitored closely and discharged from the hospital after five days. Stitches will be removed during a follow-up appointment.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

The urethra will be corrected, improving urinary function.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This is a low-risk procedure, and the impact of this surgery lasts a lifetime. If the patient has complicated hypospadias, he may need to undergo further surgery. Follow-up visits with a urologist may also be needed, particularly when patients reach puberty.

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?

Surgery is not required for mild cases. Otherwise, there is no alternative.

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