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James from Kenya raised $646 to fund surgery for his birth condition.

James
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$646
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$0
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Fully funded
James's treatment was fully funded on January 27, 2022.
February 14, 2022

James underwent surgery for his birth condition.

Our medical partner shared an update on James’ and that his surgery was successful. He headed home doing well but his parents later brought him back after discharge for additional care. He is now undergoing treatment for his kidneys and the medical team is hoping he will fully recover soon.

James’ mother says: “After all he had gone through, we thought that this was surgery would easy on him, but we thank God for coming this far.”

Our medical partner shared an update on James’ and that his surgery was successful. He headed home doing well but his parents later brought ...

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December 30, 2021

James is a bright young student and his family shared that he has been through a lot surgically and medically. His teacher has been worried recently since he has been missing classes and when in school he keeps to himself and does not want to play or interact with other students. James successfully survived chemo treatment after he was diagnosed with a sacrococcygeal mass that was malignant, but still needs treatment for cryptorchidism - a condition in which the testicles remain undescended. If left untreated, James has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future.

James will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on January 6th. AMHF is requesting $646 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care.

James’ mother shared, “Our kid fought through chemo successfully, we are happy about that. But his problems keep recurring, and it’s affecting his studies. He needs another surgery but he is strong. All shall be well.”

James is a bright young student and his family shared that he has been through a lot surgically and medically. His teacher has been worried ...

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James's Timeline

  • December 30, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    James was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • January 6, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    James 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.

  • January 7, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    James's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 27, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    James's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 14, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on James. Read the update.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

Treatment
Orchidopexy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $646 for James's treatment
Hospital Fees
$480
Medical Staff
$10
Medication
$30
Supplies
$90
Labs
$5
Other
$31
  • 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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Nereah

Nereah is a beautiful four-year-old girl. Nereah is the firstborn in a family of two and likes to play a lot, which makes her parents very happy to see. At the moment, she has started preschool. Nereah’s mother is a homemaker, while her father is a laborer at road construction sites whenever he can get the work. They have had National Health Insurance in the past, but now to reactivate they are were required to pay upfront for one year, which they could not afford. Fortunately, the Nazareth Hospital Reception team identified their significant need and referred them to our medical partner's representative at the hospital. As Nereah's parents cannot afford the surgery, they need help raising $565 for her care. According to her mother, Nereah’s condition started when she was about three weeks old, but her mother did not realize it was a problem until about one year ago. She has been having frequent nose blockage and needs to breathe through her mouth especially at night, as well as as frequent common colds and swelling of her tonsils. Despite getting various types of medication, there has not been improvement. A scan showed adenoid-palatine hypertrophy, and the ENT team has advised surgery to solve her condition. If not treated, Nereah will continue suffering from symptoms and may have further complications like middle ear infections and sleeping disorders. “We have been waiting and hoping insurance would approve our surgical request, but now we don’t know what to do. We hope her surgery could be sponsored so that our daughter can get treated and stop suffering at night,” said Nereah’s mother.

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