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Success! Ephrem from Kenya raised $1,231 to fund corrective surgery.

Ephrem
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  • $1,231 raised, $0 to go
$1,231
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Ephrem's treatment was fully funded on November 16, 2017.

Photo of Ephrem post-operation

August 2, 2017

Ephrem underwent corrective surgery.

He had a successful surgery to repair the sensitive condition. He should no longer experience urinary difficulty, and he is no longer at risk of urinary tract infections and infertility.

His father says, “I am so happy that he got the surgery. I never thought he would get the surgery. God has done a lot for me and for my child. I would like to give big thanks for our sponsor Watsi.”

He had a successful surgery to repair the sensitive condition. He should no longer experience urinary difficulty, and he is no longer at ris...

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June 16, 2017

Ephrem is a five-year-old boy who lives with his parents and five siblings in Kenya.

Ephrem was born with hypospadias, a condition in which the urethra opening is not on the tip of the penis. As a result of his condition, Ephrem cannot pee standing up and may face other complications in the future.

Seeking treatment, Ephrem was brought to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), where doctors recommended that he receive surgery.

Ephrem is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on June 20, and AMHF is requesting $1,231 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care.

Ephrem’s father said, “I can’t afford my child’s medical bill. The days that I don’t earn any income within the month are greater than the days I earn some. My wife has a small business and by what we get together we try to support our family.”

Ephrem is a five-year-old boy who lives with his parents and five siblings in Kenya. Ephrem was born with hypospadias, a condition in whi...

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Ephrem's Timeline

Funded by 24 donors

Funded by 24 donors

Treatment
Hypospadias
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,231 for Ephrem's treatment
Hospital Fees
$1,126
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$40
Supplies
$0
Labs
$65
  • 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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