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Success! Gavin from Kenya raised $735 to fund a hypospadias repair.

Gavin
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  • $735 raised, $0 to go
$735
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Gavin's treatment was fully funded on July 11, 2021.

Photo of Gavin post-operation

July 12, 2021

Gavin underwent a hypospadias repair.

Gavin had a successful surgery with no complications and is feeling well now. His family is relieved and he is back to being active again!

Gavin and his mother both displayed incredible amounts of strength and resourcefulness through his treatment process: “Before Gavin received treatment, we faced stigma from his father’s family. His father did not even help me raise any money to take Gavin to hospital. After he was treated , his father and the family members are still in disbelief. I am very happy and thankful for the financial support.”

Gavin had a successful surgery with no complications and is feeling well now. His family is relieved and he is back to being active again! ...

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May 26, 2021

Gavin is a sweet 2-year-old boy. Earlier this year, Gavin’s mother found a job as a house help and before this job, she used to do laundry for her neighbors to help support her family. Gavin’s father works as a security guard in a rental flats house.

Gavin was born 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. Gavin’s family does not have National Health Insurance Fund coverage and are not able to raise the required amount for Gavin’s surgery. His parents are appealing for financial help.

Fortunately, Gavin is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on May 27th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $735 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care.

Gavin’s mother shared, “As a family, we cannot raise the money required for our son’s surgery as we both earn very little.”

Gavin is a sweet 2-year-old boy. Earlier this year, Gavin’s mother found a job as a house help and before this job, she used to do laundry f...

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Gavin's Timeline

  • May 26, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 31, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Gavin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 1, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Gavin 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.

  • July 11, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Gavin's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 12, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Gavin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

Treatment
Hypospadius Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $735 for Gavin's treatment
Hospital Fees
$684
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$12
Supplies
$0
Labs
$4
Other
$35
  • 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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