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

Daniel
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$535
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Daniel's treatment was fully funded on May 17, 2017.

Photo of Daniel post-operation

April 14, 2017

Daniel underwent corrective surgery.

Daniel’s sensitive condition was corrected. This has greatly minimized his risk of infertility, inguinal hernia, and testicular cancer.

“Thank you for paying for my treatment. God bless you,” says Daniel.

Daniel's sensitive condition was corrected. This has greatly minimized his risk of infertility, inguinal hernia, and testicular cancer. ...

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February 2, 2017

Daniel is a 12-year-old boy who lives with his three siblings and parents in a two-room house in central Kenya. Daniel was playing in school when he accidentally fell and injured his groin. When treating their son, his parents noticed that he has an abnormal condition in a sensitive area.

Daniel has been diagnosed with an undescended testis. He needs to undergo an orchidopexy, a repair surgery. If he is not treated, Daniel is likely to develop testicular cancer or a hernia. He is also at risk of infertility.

His parents are farmers. They contributed $51, but they are unable to afford this treatment. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting an additional $535 to fund this treatment. Daniel will undergo surgery on February 3.

Daniel is a 12-year-old boy who lives with his three siblings and parents in a two-room house in central Kenya. Daniel was playing in school...

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Daniel's Timeline

  • February 2, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Daniel was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • February 03, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Daniel 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.

  • February 03, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Daniel's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 14, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Daniel's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • May 17, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Daniel's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Treatment
Orchidopexy (Single)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $535 for Daniel'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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