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Success! Samuel from Kenya raised $535 to fund corrective surgery.

Samuel
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$535
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$0
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Fully funded
Samuel's treatment was fully funded on November 21, 2016.

Photo of Samuel post-operation

November 21, 2016

Samuel successfully received corrective surgery.

Samuel’s treatment was a success! He’s currently at home resting now with his family and already feeling much better. It will take some time for him to heal, but he’s on track for a full recovery. His surgery has minimized the risk of infertility and lessened the chances of testicular cancer and development of an inguinal hernia.

“There are no words to say thank you for your wonderful gift of independence given to my son through his treatment,” shares Samuel’s mother. “You and [Watsi] are inspirational to all of us who live this challenging life.”

Samuel adds, “I hope to be a surgeon in future and help people like I have gotten help.”

Samuel’s treatment was a success! He's currently at home resting now with his family and already feeling much better. It will take some time...

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October 18, 2016

Samuel is a ten-year-old boy from Kenya. When he was seven months old, he developed an inguinal hernia that was eventually repaired. All seemed well until earlier this year, when Samuel began to experience painful symptoms and disrupted urinary function.

Samuel’s parents sought medical advice from a local clinic. They were advised to visit our medical partner’s hospital, BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital, to see a specialist.

On October 21, 2016, Samuel underwent corrective surgery. This treatment should reduce his painful symptoms.

Samuel’s parents are unemployed, and they provide for the family by taking jobs in farming, construction, or laundry. They are unable to raise the $535 required for their son’s surgical care.

“It is the joy of every parent to have a healthy baby,” says Samuel’s mother. “It is devastating to watch my son suffer, and there is nothing much I can do about it. Please help fund his treatment.”

Samuel is a ten-year-old boy from Kenya. When he was seven months old, he developed an inguinal hernia that was eventually repaired. All see...

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Samuel's Timeline

  • October 18, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 21, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Samuel received treatment at BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH). 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.

  • November 04, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Samuel's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 21, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Samuel's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 21, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Samuel's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Treatment
Orchidopexy (Single)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $535 for Samuel's treatment
Hospital Fees
$530
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$1
Supplies
$0
Labs
$4
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

One of the testicles either appears to be missing or cannot be felt in the scrotum.

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

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. Data on this condition is scarce in Kenya, so the true prevalence of acquired undescended testicles is still unknown.

  • 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.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.