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Success! Prince from Kenya raised $569 to fund an orchidopexy procedure.

Prince
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  • $569 raised, $0 to go
$569
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Prince's treatment was fully funded on August 2, 2021.

Photo of Prince post-operation

July 12, 2021

Prince underwent an orchidopexy procedure and is feeling well.

Prince had a successful surgery and is recovering well! He stayed for a few days at the hospital to be monitored by the doctors and has now headed home with his mother. She’ll bring him for follow-up clinic visits so that the doctors can support his post-operation care and his full recovery.

Prince’s mother shared the importance of his healing and treatment in their lives: “Prince has never been accepted in our family. With the condition he has, he needs keen attention and medical reviews more often. Over time, it has become more difficult to afford his treatment but God has never forsaken me. I want to thank this program for the financial help you have given us.”

Prince had a successful surgery and is recovering well! He stayed for a few days at the hospital to be monitored by the doctors and has now ...

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May 26, 2021

Prince is a 8-year-old boy and the second born in a family of four children. Prince’s father sells maize and his mother plants vegetables, which she is able to sell sometimes to supplement her husband’s earnings. His family feels they are not well off financially, but proud to own a small house that they live in.

Prince was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Prince has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future.

Prince will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare. Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on May 27th. African Mission Healthcare Foundation is requesting $569 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care.

Prince’s mother shared, “It is very difficult for us as a family to raise the required funds for Prince’s surgery. We are requesting financial help.”

Prince is a 8-year-old boy and the second born in a family of four children. Prince's father sells maize and his mother plants vegetables, w...

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Prince's Timeline

  • May 26, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 27, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Prince 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.

  • May 29, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Prince's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 12, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Prince's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 2, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Prince's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

Treatment
Orchidopexy (Double)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $569 for Prince's treatment
Hospital Fees
$536
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$2
Supplies
$0
Labs
$4
Other
$27
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Normally, before a baby boy is born, the testicles move into the scrotum (the sac that holds the testicles). Sometimes, one or both testicles stay in the body cavity instead of moving into the scrotum. This is called undescended testicles or cryptorchidism. An orchidopexy is an operation to lower the testicles into the scrotum. A patient may need to have this operation on one or both testicles.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Ideally, the surgery should be performed before a child reaches two years old. 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.

  • 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. According to the guidelines published by the American Urological Association in May 2014, orchidopexy is the most successful therapy to relocate the testis into the scrotum. Hormone therapy is not recommended.

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