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Success! Biruk from Ethiopia raised $1,293 to fund surgery for a birth condition.

Biruk
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$1,293
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$0
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Fully funded
Biruk's treatment was fully funded on May 20, 2021.

Photo of Biruk post-operation

April 12, 2021

Biruk underwent surgery for his birth condition.

Biruk’s surgery proceeded as planned, and was a success! The surgical team corrected his congenital abnormality and he no longer experiences urinary dysfunction. Both the surgery and his post-operative recovery went smoothly.

Biruk’s father shared, “I am short of words to explain how happy I am with what I witnessed in this hospital. The staff live to serve other people that they don’t know. I saw real kindness in this hospital. Going home I want to share the same care for others and I want to be good for the people I am going to serve. I will work hard to give my boy a good education and I hope he will serve his community.”

Biruk's surgery proceeded as planned, and was a success! The surgical team corrected his congenital abnormality and he no longer experiences...

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March 15, 2021

Biruk is a young boy from Ethiopia who loves to eat spaghetti and macaroni. He also enjoys doing arts and crafts, and loves to play hide and seek with his friends in his neighborhood. Biruk is the second child in his family, and he has one older sister. His dad is a teacher in primary school and his mom is a housewife. Biruk lives together with his parents and sister in a rented house.

Biruk was born with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment and surgery, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility as he grows older.

Fortunately, Biruk is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on March 16th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,231 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care.

Biruk shared with us, “I want to heal well and go to school and become a pilot.”

Biruk is a young boy from Ethiopia who loves to eat spaghetti and macaroni. He also enjoys doing arts and crafts, and loves to play hide and...

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Biruk's Timeline

  • March 15, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 17, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Biruk received treatment at BethanyKids Myungsung Christian Medical Centre (BKMCM) in Ethiopia. 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 17, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Biruk's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 12, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Biruk's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • May 20, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Biruk's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 39 donors

Treatment
Hypospadias
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,293 for Biruk's treatment
Hospital Fees
$1,126
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$40
Supplies
$0
Labs
$65
Other
$62
  • 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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