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Success! James from Kenya raised $676 to fund corrective surgery.

James
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James's treatment was fully funded on March 31, 2019.

Photo of James post-operation

March 6, 2019

James underwent corrective surgery.

James will now be able to pass urine normally and will be free from infections and infertility in the future.

His mother says, “Imagine how happy I am to know that my baby will grow up like other normal babies. God bless Watsi.”

James will now be able to pass urine normally and will be free from infections and infertility in the future. His mother says, "Imagine h...

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February 5, 2019

James is a baby from Kenya. He is the youngest in a family of five siblings.

James 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, James is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on February 11. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $676 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care.

“Please help me,” says James’s mother.

James is a baby from Kenya. He is the youngest in a family of five siblings. James was born with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality th...

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James's Timeline

  • February 5, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    James was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • February 06, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    James's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 18, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    James received treatment at Nazareth Hospital. 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.

  • March 06, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    James's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • March 31, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    James's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 16 donors

Funded by 16 donors

Treatment
Nazareth - Hypospadias
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $676 for James's treatment
Hospital Fees
$379
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$21
Supplies
$246
Labs
$30
  • 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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Kemirembe

Kemirembe is a 49-year-old mother of five and shared that her husband died in 1998. He left her with a grass thatched house, and through hard work, she managed to construct a three-room semi-permanent house to shelter her children. Her house though, was washed away by floods early last month due to constant rains in the country. She is currently struggling in putting up a temporally one because she wasn’t financially prepared for the disaster. Her firstborn is 30 years old and joined a technical institution immediately after completing primary school class seven, the second born is 27 years old and dropped out of school from secondary school class two, her third born is 25 years old and got married after primary school class seven. Her fourth is 23 years old and is in secondary school class four while her last born is 22 years and dropped out of school from primary school class seven. Most of her children are casual laborers and can only offer minimal support to her. At Rushoroza Hospital, she presented with a history of lower abdominal pain plus menorrhagia. If not treated through a total abdominal hysterectomy, she could have chronic pelvic pain that will stop her from doing her daily activities, severe anemia secondary to menorrhagia leading to possible heart failure. Kemirembe is a small-scale farmer who grows a variety of crops for survival. Her husband used to own and raise livestock such as cows and goats. He had many of them, she told us. Kemirembe managed to pay school fees for her children by selling the cows and goats and now is left with no animals. Kemirembe shared, “I had lost hope. May my prayers be answered. I look forward to putting more effort to farming in order to be able to take good care of myself in a few years when I grow older.”

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