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Success! Tevis from Kenya raised $535 to fund testicular surgery.

Tevis
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  • $535 raised, $0 to go
$535
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Tevis's treatment was fully funded on June 2, 2020.

Photo of Tevis post-operation

March 4, 2020

Tevis underwent testicular surgery.

Tevis had successful surgery to descend his right testis. This has greatly minimized his risk of suffering fertility problems, testicular torsion, and/or inguinal hernia.

“You do not get to meet people willing to help out every day. The financial assistance from Watsi has proved that good people still exist. Thank you so much,” says Tevis’s mother.

Tevis had successful surgery to descend his right testis. This has greatly minimized his risk of suffering fertility problems, testicular to...

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January 15, 2020

Tevis is a two year old boy from Kenya. Tevis’ mother is a single mother of one. She is a trained teacher and has tried sourcing for a job opportunity without luck. Tevis’ mother is currently employed casually as a shop attendant where she sells cereals to earn a living, with a daily average wage of $2.

Tevis was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Tevis has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future.

Tevis will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on January 17th. AMHF is requesting $535 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care.

“I will appreciate to see my son well and thriving. Please help me out,” says Tevis’ mother.

Tevis is a two year old boy from Kenya. Tevis’ mother is a single mother of one. She is a trained teacher and has tried sourcing for a job o...

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Tevis's Timeline

  • January 15, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 16, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Tevis 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.

  • January 20, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Tevis's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 04, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Tevis's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • June 02, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Tevis's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Orchidopexy (Single)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $535 for Tevis's treatment
Hospital Fees
$530
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$1
Supplies
$0
Labs
$4
  • 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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Ko Myo Zaw is a 41-year-old man who lives with his wife in Burma. He and his wife used to work as a seamster and sew children’s clothing. However, Ko Myo stopped working more than a year ago because of his poor health and he now relies on his wife’s income. On the 18th of June 2018, Ko Myo developed pain in his left waist after sitting for a long time. He then had to stand up every two hours to reduce the pain. This continued for a few more months, until he was no longer able to work. A year after he first experienced these symptoms, he went to Myawaddy Hospital to see a doctor. He received an x-ray and ultrasound which revealed he has a kidney stone in his left kidney. The doctor gave him medication to breakup the stone and Ko Myo took the medication for one year. The medication reduced the pain during the first month, but returned a month after that. By the 29th of May 2019, he could no longer take the pain and went to see the doctor at Myawaddy Hospital. The doctor then gave him stronger medications to reduce the pain and break up the stone. At the suggestion of a neighbor, he decided to seek treatment at Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) across the border in Thailand, which he was told provides charitable health care. On 5th of October 2019, he arrived at MTC. The next day, he was brought to the local hospital where he received an ultrasound and an appointment to undergo laser treatment to breakup the kidney stone. He took out a loan to pay for the first round of treatment on November 24th, 2019. When he returned to the clinic in January to undergo a follow-up ultrasound, he was told they also found stones in his right kidney. Unable to pay for further treatment, Ko Myo was referred to Watsi Medical Partner Burma Children Medical Fund for assistance in accessing further treatment. Ko Myo's next appointment to undergo a second round of laser treatment will be on Jaunary 28th. He will complete treatment for the kidney stone in his left kidney, before he receives treatment for the stones in his other kidney. Currently, Ko Myo still has pain in his waist. Sometimes he feels tired and the area around his left waist feels hot. "Once I recover I would like to go back to work and pay back my loan," said Ko Myo.

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$1,270raised
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