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Success! Leon from Kenya raised $561 to fund testicular surgery.

Leon
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  • $561 raised, $0 to go
$561
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Leon's treatment was fully funded on March 27, 2021.

Photo of Leon post-operation

March 26, 2021

Leon underwent testicular surgery.

Leon had a successful testicular surgery in our facility. His right testis was put back into place and he is now recovering well. The surgery has minimized the risks of future complications for Leon and, in 6 months, Leon will undergo another surgery in order to descend the left testes. Leon’s mother will continue to bring him to follow up clinics for the doctor to assess his recovery.

Leon’s mother shared, “I am very happy and grateful for helping my son undergo this surgery.”

Leon had a successful testicular surgery in our facility. His right testis was put back into place and he is now recovering well. The surger...

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January 20, 2021

Leon is a 20-month-old boy from Kenya. His mother, who is raising Leon on her own, does not have a stable job but works hard to make ends meet. She does laundry work and sells groceries to provide for their family. From the work she does, she is unable to afford a rented house and stays with her mother (Leon’s grandmother).

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

Leon will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on January 21st. AMHF is requesting $561 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care.

Leon’s mother says, “As a parent, I would like my child to have a family of his own but his condition is hindering that if untreated. I am requesting for the financial support for Leon to be treated.”

Leon is a 20-month-old boy from Kenya. His mother, who is raising Leon on her own, does not have a stable job but works hard to make ends me...

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Leon's Timeline

  • January 20, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Leon was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • January 21, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Leon 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.

  • January 21, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Leon's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 26, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Leon's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • March 27, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Leon's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Treatment
Orchidopexy (Single)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $561 for Leon's treatment
Hospital Fees
$529
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$1
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?

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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