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Success! Bruce from Kenya raised $561 to fund an orchidopexy procedure.

Bruce
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  • $561 raised, $0 to go
$561
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Bruce's treatment was fully funded on May 31, 2021.

Photo of Bruce post-operation

June 10, 2021

Bruce underwent an orchidopexy procedure and is recovering well!.

Bruce had successful surgery with our medical partner. His treatment went as planned and he is recovering well. He’ll continue to follow up with the medical team to ensure he fully heals.

Bruce’s father says: “I am grateful for this organization for the help and support it has given my son.”

Bruce had successful surgery with our medical partner. His treatment went as planned and he is recovering well. He'll continue to follow up ...

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March 23, 2021

Bruce is an 8-year-old boy who lives with his mother and stepfather, and formerly was in his grandmother’s care. Bruce’s mother sells baby clothes around the Mwiki area where they live in Kenya. His stepfather is a matatu (public service vehicle) driver who works in vehicles that operate around Thika Road. Bruce has one younger step-sibling.

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

Bruce will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on March 24th. AMH is requesting $561 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Once recovered, he will grow up to be a healthy boy.

Bruce’s mother shared, “I am happy to know that my child will get the help he needs through this program.”

Bruce is an 8-year-old boy who lives with his mother and stepfather, and formerly was in his grandmother's care. Bruce’s mother sells baby c...

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Bruce's Timeline

  • March 23, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 25, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Bruce 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.

  • March 25, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Bruce's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 31, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Bruce's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 10, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Bruce's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 14 donors

Funded by 14 donors

Treatment
Orchidopexy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $561 for Bruce's treatment
Hospital Fees
$529
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$1
Supplies
$0
Labs
$4
Other
$27
  • 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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