“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.”