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Success! Carlos from Guatemala raised $1,500 to fund corrective surgery.

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Carlos's treatment was fully funded on December 26, 2017.

Photo of Carlos post-operation

March 9, 2018

Carlos underwent corrective surgery.

Carlos underwent a successful cryptorchidism surgery. He recovered rapidly from surgery and is in full health. Now Carlos is at home with his family, happily spending his days playing with his siblings.

Carlos’s mother says, “I am very grateful for this help. This organization has been a guide for me in Carlos’s development. I hope for him to keep growing well.”

Carlos underwent a successful cryptorchidism surgery. He recovered rapidly from surgery and is in full health. Now Carlos is at home with hi...

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September 8, 2017

Carlos is a two-year-old boy who lives with his family in rural Guatemala. He was born with Down’s Syndrome and is a caring and playful boy. In school, his teacher says he is an intelligent child, and Carlos’s parents do everything they can so he can grow and develop well.

Carlos was also born with cryptorchidism, meaning he has an undescended testicle. This condition is frequently found in young boys who were born prematurely, as Carlos was. In order to treat this condition, Carlos will need to undergo surgery. If left untreated, Carlos could be at risk of a variety of reproductive illnesses in the future, including inguinal hernia, infertility, and testicular cancer.

With Watsi support, Carlos will undergo a procedure called orchidopexy, which is a surgery to move an undescended testicle into the scrotum and permanently fix it there. He will need $1,500 to fund laboratory testing, medication, and travel to and from the hospital. His procedure is scheduled for September 8.

After treatment, Carlos will be much less likely to suffer from cryptorchidism-related complications later in life, and his parents will have peace of mind. Carlos’s mother says, “Thank you all for your great hearts, thank you for donating so that our son can have this surgery.”

Carlos is a two-year-old boy who lives with his family in rural Guatemala. He was born with Down's Syndrome and is a caring and playful boy....

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Carlos's Timeline

  • September 07, 2017

    Carlos received treatment at Hospital San Juan de Dios Guatemala. 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.

  • September 8, 2017

    Carlos was submitted by Hannah Shryer, Complex Care Coordinator/Research Intern at Wuqu’ Kawoq, our medical partner in Guatemala.

  • October 13, 2017

    Carlos's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 26, 2017

    Carlos's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 09, 2018

    Carlos's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,766 for Carlos's treatment
Subsidies fund $266 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Cryptorchidism occurs when the testicle has not moved into the scrotum before birth. Sometimes, this corrects itself within the first several months of life. However, if it does not, the treatment is a simple surgery to reposition the testicle into the scrotum.

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

To develop and function normally, testicles need to move to a slightly cooler temperature than normal body temperature. If this does not occur, the male may experience fertility issues, including low sperm count and poor sperm quality, as well as higher rates of testicular cancer. Also, they are at high risk for testicular torsion, when the spermatic cord twists and cuts off the blood supply to the testicle. Limitation in blood supply to the testicle may result in the need to remove the testicle. Cryptorchidism may lead to an inguinal hernia, which is when the opening between the inguinal canal and abdomen loosens to allow part of the intestines to move into the groin area. This causes extreme pain and discomfort.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Cryptorchidism occurs all over the world. It is especially common in premature males with an incidence rate of roughly 30%. Only 3% of full term infant males are born with cryptorchidism. However, for the majority of both premature and full term infants, the testicle descends on its own during the first year of life, leading to a true incidence rate of roughly 1%. The main difference in Guatemala is the lack of access to necessary surgical interventions to correct cryptorchidism. Individuals may have this condition for several years until they develop effects, such as an inguinal hernia, that are so painful that the need for treatment cannot be ignored.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

The treatment for cryptorchidism is surgery, during which the surgeon places the testicle into the scrotum and stitches it into place. If the patient has an inguinal hernia due to the undescended testicle(s), it may be corrected during this surgery as well. It is either an open or laparoscopic surgery and generally requires one day in the hospital post-op.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

This treatment allows the boy to live a normal childhood and adult life. He will no longer be at high risk of infertility or testicular cancer. He will not experience the extreme discomfort and pain of the inguinal hernia or pressure against the pubic bone.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This condition is very treatable. This is a one-time surgery which, in the majority of cases, permanently addresses this condition. Risks are uncommon, but include excessive bleeding, severe pain, infection, and adverse reaction to anesthesia.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Most of the national hospitals have surgeons who can perform this procedure. In fact, our medical partner often uses these surgeons perform procedures for patients. The catch is that the hospitals and other institutions who perform these procedures may say they are free but then make up the cost of the procedure by charging patients for other — often unreasonable — things. Therefore, most of the time, patients still cannot afford to have the procedure done. Our medical partner works with patients to pay for the necessary preoperative testing and subsidize surgical fees, transportation, and lodging, so that patients can get on with their lives.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

The alternative for most patients is simply to forgo treatment and hope for the best.

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