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Ian from Kenya raised $569 to fund testicular surgery.

  • $569 raised, $0 to go
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Ian's treatment was fully funded on October 23, 2020.
October 23, 2020

Ian did not undergo surgery at our medical partner's hospital.

We’ve just heard an update from our medical partner that Ian’s family has not returned for his treatment. We are planning to close his case so that another patient can be supported and should he need support in the future, we will aim to be there for him at that time. Thank you for your understanding!

We've just heard an update from our medical partner that Ian's family has not returned for his treatment. We are planning to close his case ...

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October 16, 2020

Ian, a very playful and curious boy happily entered our Watsi rep’s interview room with a big smile on his face. He is a 12-year-old boy from Kenya. A few months ago while hanging out with his age mates, Ian started to understand that he had a condition that made him different than his other friends. He gathered his courage and approached his mother about the condition. She took Ian to a nearby facility for a doctor’s examination. A scan was done during the doctor’s examination and he diagnosed Ian with undescended testes. That facility was not able to do a surgery but the doctor referred them to our Medical Partner Care Center BethanyKids Hospital for treatment. Upon arrival, Ian was examined by the physician who recommended a surgery to be done as soon as possible because his testes were at risk of being damaged. The surgery will put Ian’s testes into the right place hence reducing the risk of future damage or infection. Further, the surgery would reduce instances of future infertility.

Ian’s mother is a shopkeeper and his father is currently a casual laborer in a construction site near their home area. Both parents are not able to find stable jobs to provide for their family of two children. Their family cannot raise the required amount of money to fund the surgery and Ian’s mother is appealing for financial help.

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

Ian will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on October 19. AMHF is requesting $569 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care.

Ian’s mother says, “With the surgery scheduled to be done very soon because of his current situation, we are worried that his future of having a family is at risk. As a family, we are requesting for help.”

Ian, a very playful and curious boy happily entered our Watsi rep's interview room with a big smile on his face. He is a 12-year-old boy fro...

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Ian's Timeline

  • October 16, 2020

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

  • October 16, 2020

    Ian's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 19, 2020

    Ian was scheduled to receive 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.

  • October 23, 2020

    Ian is no longer raising funds.

  • October 23, 2020

    Ian's treatment did not happen. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Orchidopexy (Double)
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  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $569 for Ian's treatment
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  • 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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