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Success! Ezra from Kenya raised $847 to fund treatment for his birth condition.

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Ezra's treatment was fully funded on November 29, 2021.

Photo of Ezra post-operation

January 7, 2022

Ezra underwent treatment for his birth condition.

Ezra’s surgery was done successfully with no problems arising during and after the surgery. He’s now back home and his parents will bring him for follow-up clinics for the doctor to support his full recovery.

Ezra’s mother says, “Ezra was very happy when he learned that he will be treated. As a family, we are very happy for him and more than grateful for the financial support.”

Ezra’s surgery was done successfully with no problems arising during and after the surgery. He's now back home and his parents will bring hi...

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October 18, 2021

Ezra is a very talkative and active boy. He would like to be a truck driver when he grows up. He’s in grade five and the last born in a family of five children.

A few years ago, his father fell into a deep hole he was digging and broke both of his legs. He has been recovering well but he is still unable to work. His mother, who is the sole breadwinner of the family does farming, ploughs farms, and does laundry for their neighbors to provide for the family. The family can not raise the required funds to cater for Ezra’s surgery.

Ezra 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.

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

Ezra’s mother says, “I was really worried that my son will not get treated but now at least I’m very hopeful that he will.”

Ezra is a very talkative and active boy. He would like to be a truck driver when he grows up. He's in grade five and the last born in a fami...

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Ezra's Timeline

  • October 18, 2021

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

  • October 19, 2021

    Ezra's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 29, 2021

    Ezra's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 20, 2021

    Ezra 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.

  • January 7, 2022

    Ezra's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 18 donors

Funded by 18 donors

Hypospadius Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $847 for Ezra's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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