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Success! Chrispin from Kenya raised $569 to fund a double orchidopexy.

Chrispin
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  • $569 raised, $0 to go
$569
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Chrispin's treatment was fully funded on June 24, 2021.

Photo of Chrispin post-operation

July 12, 2021

Chrispin underwent a double orchidopexy surgery and is feeling great.

Chrispin underwent a successful surgery with no complications arising during or after surgery. He and his family headed home and he is recovering well. Chrispin’s mother brings him for follow-up visits at the clinic for doctors to support his recovery process.

Chrispin’s mother says, “I feel very much grateful and relieved now that Chrispin has undergone his surgery. Thank you.”

Chrispin underwent a successful surgery with no complications arising during or after surgery. He and his family headed home and he is recov...

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May 3, 2021

Chrispin is a very playful 15-month-old boy and the only child of his mother. His parents separated before he was born and he and his mother live with her sister in a small rented house in south central Kenya. To earn a living, she does laundry for her neighbors.

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

Chrispin will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH). He is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on May 4th and AMH is requesting $569 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care.

Chrispin’s mother shared, “I will be very happy when Chrispin receives treatment!”

Chrispin is a very playful 15-month-old boy and the only child of his mother. His parents separated before he was born and he and his mother...

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Chrispin's Timeline

  • May 3, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 4, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chrispin 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.

  • May 6, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chrispin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 24, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chrispin's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 12, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chrispin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Orchidopexy (Double)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $569 for Chrispin's treatment
Hospital Fees
$536
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$2
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?

Normally, before a baby boy is born, the testicles move into the scrotum (the sac that holds the testicles). Sometimes, one or both testicles stay in the body cavity instead of moving into the scrotum. This is called undescended testicles or cryptorchidism. An orchidopexy is an operation to lower the testicles into the scrotum. A patient may need to have this operation on one or both testicles.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Ideally, the surgery should be performed before a child reaches two years old. 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.

  • 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. According to the guidelines published by the American Urological Association in May 2014, orchidopexy is the most successful therapy to relocate the testis into the scrotum. Hormone therapy is not recommended.

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