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Success! Mic from Kenya raised $646 for corrective surgery to heal his birth condition.

Mic
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$646
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Fully funded
Mic's treatment was fully funded on December 27, 2021.

Photo of Mic post-operation

January 6, 2022

Mic underwent corrective surgery to heal his birth condition.

Mic was examined and diagnosed with right undescended testes and referred to our medical partner BethanyKids for treatment. His surgery went well as planned with the correction successful. Mic and his family have headed home, and as always, he had a big smile.

Mic’s father shared, “Mic has been successfully treated and that gives me a lot of joy!”

Mic was examined and diagnosed with right undescended testes and referred to our medical partner BethanyKids for treatment. His surgery went...

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November 4, 2021

Mic is a 5-year-old, jovial boy, and the last born in a family of two children.

When Mic was 3 years old, his mother noticed that one of his testicles was missing. However, due to insufficient funds, Mic was not taken to the doctor. Early last year, his grandmother then managed to gather some funds, and took Mic to a hospital. Mic was examined and diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Mic has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. He was referred to BethanyKids Hospital for treatment. Upon arrival, he was examined and booked for surgery.

Mic’s mother is a house helper abroad who unfortunately often doesn’t get paid by her employer. Mic’s grandmother, who brought him to the facility had a shop in a nearby town but had to close it down due to the Covid-19 pandemic. She now sells charcoal in their home area where the income is very little. She can not raise the required funds for Mic’s surgery and is seeking for financial assistance.

Mic will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on November 9th. AMHF is requesting $646 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care.

Mic’s grandmother says, “I would really like to help my grandchild so that he cannot have problems in future.”

Mic is a 5-year-old, jovial boy, and the last born in a family of two children. When Mic was 3 years old, his mother noticed that one of ...

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Mic's Timeline

  • November 4, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 9, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mic's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 30, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mic 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.

  • December 27, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mic's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 6, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mic's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

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