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Success! Jacob from Venezuela raised $1,167 to fund corrective surgery for his birth condition.

Jacob
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$1,167
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$0
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Fully funded
Jacob's treatment was fully funded on December 9, 2021.

Photo of Jacob post-operation

March 3, 2022

Jacob underwent corrective surgery for his birth condition.

Jacob’s surgery was a success! Jacob was very brave on the day of his surgery, and is now recovering well. Due to this procedure, Jacob’s body can now function correctly, and he will be able to grow up healthy knowing that the risk of cancer or developing further complications from his condition, has been greatly reduced. We can’t wait to see where you go, Jacob!

His mother said “Thank God my little baby finally had his surgery. We’ve been waiting a lot, you don’t know how much you have helped my family, thank you so much.”

Jacob's surgery was a success! Jacob was very brave on the day of his surgery, and is now recovering well. Due to this procedure, Jacob's bo...

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November 30, 2021

Jacob is a 3-year-old who lives with his family in Colombia. His parents moved from Venezuela after he was born seeking better opportunities for their family. Jacob has a 6-year-old sister who loves to play with him.

Jacob’s family calls him their rainbow baby as after a miscarriage this little angel came to fill his parents lives with joy. He loves to play with cars and different toys, he shares everything unless it’s a candy he really likes. He enjoys watching tv and singing and his favorite song is baby shark!

On December 20th, our medical partner Clínica Noel will help Jacob undergo a orchidopexy procedure to heal his birth condition. They are raising $1,167 to fund his surgery and care.

Jacob’s mother said: “I just hope that with this surgery everything goes perfectly. I dream that he can have a normal future with a family and no health difficulties.”

Jacob is a 3-year-old who lives with his family in Colombia. His parents moved from Venezuela after he was born seeking better opportunities...

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Jacob's Timeline

  • November 30, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Jacob was submitted by Sofía Gaviria Miranda, Head of Donations at Clínica Noel.

  • November 30, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Jacob's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 9, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Jacob's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 25, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Jacob received treatment at Clínica Noel in Colombia. 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 3, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Jacob's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

Treatment
Orchidopexy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,167 for Jacob's treatment
Hospital Fees
$666
Medical Staff
$406
Medication
$95
Supplies
$0
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Not seeing or feeling a testicle where it is expected in the scrotum is the main sign of an undescended testicle. Testicles form in the abdomen during fetal development. During the last couple of months of normal fetal development, the testicles gradually descend from the abdomen through a tube-like passageway in the groin (inguinal canal) into the scrotum. With an undescended testicle, that process stops or is delayed.

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

In order for testicles to develop and function normally, they need to be slightly cooler than normal body temperature. The scrotum provides this cooler environment. Complications of a testicle not being located where it is supposed to be include: -Testicular cancer: the risk is greater for undescended testicles located in the abdomen than in the groin, and when both testicles are affected. Surgically correcting an undescended testicle will decrease the risk of future testicular cancer. -Fertility problems: Low sperm counts, poor sperm quality and decreased fertility are more likely to occur among men who've had an undescended testicle. This can be due to abnormal development of the testicle, and might get worse if the condition goes untreated for an extended period of time. -Testicular torsion: Testicular torsion is the twisting of the spermatic cord, which contains blood vessels, nerves and the tube that carries semen from the testicle to the penis. This painful condition cuts off blood to the testicle. -Trauma: If a testicle is located in the groin, it might be damaged from pressure against the pubic bone. -Inguinal hernia: If the opening between the abdomen and the inguinal canal is too loose, a portion of the intestines can push into the groin.

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

In the country, it’s hard to have access to good health insurance coverage, is rare that patients are driven to a specialized institution, and even when they are, families often don’t have enough money to pay for the treatment or to travel to the city where they can access surgery.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

A pediatric surgeon does a detailed review of the patient’s condition and determines the best surgical approach. After surgery, the patient has a follow-up appointment to remove stitches.

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

Bringing down the testicle may improve its function and prevent it from being damaged. An undescended testicle has a higher risk of testicular cancer. Although bringing the testicle down into the scrotum may not fully remove that risk, it will allow doctors to be able to feel any abnormalities in the testicle on routine physical exams throughout a child’s lifetime. An undescended testicle may also have a hernia associated with it that will need to be fixed during the same surgery to bring the testicle down.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

As in any surgery, there’s a risk of bleeding or infection.

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

In the country, it’s hard to have access to good health insurance coverage, is rare that patients are driven to a specialized institution, and even when they are, families often don’t have enough money to pay for the treatment.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There’s no alternative.

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Saw Myo

Saw Myo is a 14-year-old from Burma. He lives with his grandparents, parents, two sisters, and brother. His grandparents are retired. His father farms paddy and rubber trees on their land, while his mother is a homemaker. Saw Myo and his siblings are all in school, but Saw Myo recently had to stop attending due to a medical condition. Saw Myo has had a lump on his lower spinal cord since he was nine years old due to an injury from a slingshot. He received medicinal ointment from a traditional healer that helped with the stiffness and prevented further growth. However, Saw Myo fell off his bicycle a few years later, and the lump grew in size. His family took him to several clinics, and an X-ray indicated a potential spinal cord problem. The doctors recommended a computerized tomography (CT) scan, but due to COVID-19 policies, Saw Myo could not receive the scan. His parents continued to try and help Saw Myo receive treatment but learned that his condition could not be treated locally. Saw Myo's mother then contacted a neighbor who worked as a medic at a clinic in Burma and began raising money for his care. The doctors want Saw Myo to undergo an MRI, which is an imaging procedure that uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce images of bodily organs. This scan will help doctors diagnose his condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), is helping Saw Myo receive this treatment. On November 15th, he will undergo an MRI. BCMF requests $814 to cover the cost of Saw Myo's MRI procedure and care. Saw Myo's mother said: “We have been so worried since we saw the mass increasing in size. It was tiring to seek treatment in Burma, and we now have borrowed a lot of money without Saw Myo having received treatment."

45% funded

45%funded
$368raised
$446to go

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