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Success! Meshack from Kenya raised $847 to fund life-changung treatment for hypospadias.

Meshack
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$847
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Fully funded
Meshack's treatment was fully funded on September 29, 2021.

Photo of Meshack post-operation

October 6, 2021

Meshack underwent life-changung treatment for hypospadias.

Meshack had a successful surgery with our medical partner. Meshack can now pass urine properly without any complications as before. His mother continues to bring him for follow-up clinics so the medical team can support his fully recovery. The medical team shared that there was a plan to do one more surgery but that will depend on how the wound heals.

Meshack’s mother says: “We were afraid of bringing him for treatment as we very worried about the bill but we thank God for standing with us and worked his way out for us.”

Meshack had a successful surgery with our medical partner. Meshack can now pass urine properly without any complications as before. His moth...

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August 18, 2021

Meshack is a young baby and the third born in a family of three children. His mother sells groceries in a local market and his father is a mechanic. His parents work hard to earn a humble income, just enough to provide for the family.

Meshack was born a healthy and happy baby. However, a few days later, his mother noticed that he was not passing urine properly. His parents took him to a nearby hospital for examination where he was diagnosed with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility. The doctor referred Meshack to visit BethanyKids Hospital once he turned 7 months old. Once they visited the hospital, he was scheduled to undergo a hypospadias repair surgery.

Fortunately, Meshack is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on August 19th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $847 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care.

Meshack’s mother shared, “It is hard for us to even think of raising any money as we cannot afford it, please help us. Thank you for your support.”

Meshack is a young baby and the third born in a family of three children. His mother sells groceries in a local market and his father is a m...

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Meshack's Timeline

  • August 18, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Meshack was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • August 20, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Meshack's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 23, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Meshack 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.

  • September 29, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Meshack's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 6, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Meshack's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 26 donors

Treatment
Hypospadius Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $847 for Meshack's treatment
Hospital Fees
$580
Medical Staff
$29
Medication
$41
Supplies
$138
Labs
$18
Other
$41
  • 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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