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Success! Zelalem from Ethiopia raised $1,155 for surgery to treat hypospadias.

Zelalem
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Fully funded
Zelalem's treatment was fully funded on June 3, 2016.

Photo of Zelalem post-operation

June 28, 2016

Zelalem received surgery to treat hypospadias.

Zelalem’s reconstruction surgery was successful. He is now able to pass urine while standing and his risk of urinary tract infections and infertility have also been reduced.

Zelalem’s father, Zemecha, is joyful and thankful for his child’s treatment. He shares, “This is God’s intervention. This problem was the whole family’s problem but now the stigma we were facing in the family will be over. All the family was very happy when they heard the surgery was finalized successfully. We are so thankful for this. The kindness you’ve shown us can’t be estimated by money. ”

Zelalem's reconstruction surgery was successful. He is now able to pass urine while standing and his risk of urinary tract infections and in...

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May 26, 2016

Four-year-old Zelalem lives with his parents in Ethiopia. He loves soccer and spends all of his free time playing.

Zelalem was born with hypospadias, a condition in which the urethra opens on the underside of the penis instead of at the tip. As a result, he cannot pass urine while standing like other boys. Zelalem is eager to start school, but he has been unable to do so because of his condition.

Treatment for Zelalem is hypospadias repair, a procedure in which the surgeon takes tissue grafts from the foreskin or from the inside of the mouth to extend the length of the urethra so that it opens at the tip of the penis. If left untreated, Zelalem is likely to suffer urinary tract infections and may also be infertile in future.

Zelalem’s parents tried their best to get their child a treatment in public hospital, but they have waited for more than a year for a call so that their son can be included in the waiting list. Zelalem’s father is a traditional fabric weaver, but he does not earn much money from his work and cannot afford to pay for his son’s medical care.

$1,155 covers the costs of surgery for Zelalem as well as a 14-day hospital stay, including blood tests, imaging, and medicine. Zelalem’s parents look forward to a successful procedure and hope their son becomes as healthy as any other boy his age.

Four-year-old Zelalem lives with his parents in Ethiopia. He loves soccer and spends all of his free time playing. Zelalem was born with...

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Zelalem's Timeline

  • May 26, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 1, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Zelalem's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 2, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Zelalem 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.

  • June 3, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Zelalem's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 28, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Zelalem's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Treatment
Hypospadias
  • 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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