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Success! Paul from Kenya raised $700 to fund corrective surgery.

Paul
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  • $700 raised, $0 to go
$700
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Paul's treatment was fully funded on January 28, 2017.

Photo of Paul post-operation

February 2, 2017

Paul underwent successful corrective surgery.

He no longer experiences urinary dysfunction or other uncomfortable symptoms. His risk of infertility has been reduced.

“Thank you so much for your generosity. Your financial support has made a huge difference in our lives. We are appreciative of your help! Thanks again,” says Paul’s father.

He no longer experiences urinary dysfunction or other uncomfortable symptoms. His risk of infertility has been reduced. “Thank you so muc...

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December 23, 2016

Paul is a four-year-old boy from Kenya. He has a twin brother. Paul lives with his family in a rental house in Nairobi.

Paul was diagnosed with hypospadias, a condition that causes uncomfortable urinary symptoms. Without treatment, Paul risked infertility or social stigma. Fortunately, he visited our medical partner’s hospital and underwent a repair surgery on December 28.

Paul’s parents are unable to pay for his treatment. His mother is a greengrocer, while his father works at a milk bar. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $700 to fund Paul’s treatment.

“I try to give my children the best,” says Paul’s mother. “I’ll appreciate any support.”

Paul is a four-year-old boy from Kenya. He has a twin brother. Paul lives with his family in a rental house in Nairobi. Paul was diagnose...

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Paul's Timeline

  • December 23, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Paul was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • December 27, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Paul's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 29, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Paul 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 28, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Paul's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 2, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Paul's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 15 donors

Funded by 15 donors

Treatment
Hypospadius Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $700 for Paul's treatment
Hospital Fees
$684
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$12
Supplies
$0
Labs
$4
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Hypospadias is a congenital defect in which the opening of the urethra is on the underside of the penis. The urethra is the tube that drains urine from the bladder. In males, the opening of the urethra is normally at the end of the penis. Symptoms of hypospadias vary. This condition may cause genital malformation and urinary dysfunction. It can lead to infections, social stigma, and infertility.

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

If this condition is not repaired, it can lead to urinary dysfunction, genital malformation, infertility, and increased risk of urinary tract infections.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Hypospadias is one of the most common birth defects in boys. It is the most frequent congenital urological anomaly, occurring in 1–3 per 1,000 live births.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

After surgery, the patient is monitored closely and discharged from the hospital after five days. Stitches will be removed during a follow-up appointment.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

The urethra will be corrected, improving urinary function.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This is a low-risk procedure, and the impact of this surgery lasts a lifetime. If the patient has complicated hypospadias, he may need to undergo further surgery. Follow-up visits with a urologist may also be needed, particularly when patients reach puberty.

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?

Surgery is not required for mild cases. Otherwise, there is no alternative.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.