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Success! Shadrack from Kenya raised $655 to treat hypospadias.

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Shadrack's treatment was fully funded on April 21, 2016.

Photo of Shadrack post-operation

May 12, 2016

Shadrack received treatment for hypospadias.

“Shadrack’s hypospadias repair surgery was successful. He now passes urine with little discomfort and normally,” reports his doctor at African Mission Healthcare Foundation. “This surgery has reduced the risk of Shadrack having urinary tract infections or infertility in the future.”

“I have an overflowing need to say thank you for all you have done for us and for getting this wonderful help for Shadrack’s treatment,” his mother shared.

"Shadrack’s hypospadias repair surgery was successful. He now passes urine with little discomfort and normally," reports his doctor at Afric...

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April 3, 2016

“I would like to see my son happy and with a bright future. I was not keen to notice of the defect but am happy I found a place for that to be corrected. I hope Shadrack gets help,” shares Shadrack’s mother. Her 21-month-old son was born with hypospadias, a condition that makes it difficult for him to urinate and prone to infections.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), says, “If untreated Shadrack may suffer urinary tract infections and he may also have difficulty in achieving erection during his adulthood.” Shadrack’s mother brought him to AMHF for a diagnosis when she noticed that his urethra was not in the usual place while changing his diaper.

AMHF continues, “Upon evaluation, we confirmed that Shadrack has hypospadias. A repair is needed but with it would come need for funds – funds that the combines income of a subsistence farmer and construction site casual worker cannot afford.” Shadrack’s parents did contribute $105 to their son’s surgery, however, $655 more is required.

With the $655, Shadrack will undergo surgery to have his urethra repositioned so that he can urinate normally. This operation will reduce his risk of urinary tract infections and long term complications. AMHF says, “If surgical repair is done, Shadrack’s member will function normally.”

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Shadrack's Timeline

  • April 3, 2016

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

  • April 4, 2016

    Shadrack received treatment at BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH) in Kenya. 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.

  • April 16, 2016

    Shadrack's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 21, 2016

    Shadrack's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 12, 2016

    Shadrack's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 16 donors

Funded by 16 donors

Hypospadius Repair
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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