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

James
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$535
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Fully funded
James's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of James post-operation

July 26, 2017

James underwent corrective surgery.

James’s right testis was successfully dropped in the scrotal sac. This procedure has reduced his risk of developing testicular cancer.

“I cannot even start to explain how much this means to us. It is a privilege that many do not get and for that I am grateful,” says James’s mother.

James’s right testis was successfully dropped in the scrotal sac. This procedure has reduced his risk of developing testicular cancer. “I...

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April 26, 2017

Meet James, a playful and talkative five-year-old boy. He lives with his family near Nairobi, Kenya. James’s mother works at a hair salon, and his father is a carpenter.

When James was two years old, his mother noticed swelling in a sensitive area, which caused James considerable pain. He was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a medical condition where the testes remain undescended, and an inguinal hernia. As James was too young to have surgery, he was prescribed pain medication to alleviate his symptoms. Without surgical intervention, James is at risk of developing infertility and testicular cancer.

Now that he is of age, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, has scheduled James for corrective surgery on April 27.

We can help James’s family by raising $535 in donations.

Meet James, a playful and talkative five-year-old boy. He lives with his family near Nairobi, Kenya. James's mother works at a hair salon, a...

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James's Timeline

  • April 26, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    James was submitted by Maya Murao, Fellow at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • April 27, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    James 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.

  • May 09, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    James's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 26, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    James's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    James's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

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