This is Victor, a 16-year-old boy who comes from a very hardworking Guatemalan family. He currently lives with his four siblings and parents in a humble adobe home. His mother weaves traditional maya blouses, selling them to local community members. His father used to chop wood, but he recently went into kidney failure and has been unable to work, leaving the family without resources to seek medical care for Victor. Victor’s family is hoping that Victor will be able to work and help sustain the family when he has recovered.
Victor was born with a congenital genital malformation called cryptorchidism. This condition led to an undescended testicle, most likely in his inguinal canal, and higher risk of testicular cancer. Without surgery, Victor will lose his ability to have children in the future.
$299 will fund a simple and effective surgery, orchidopexy, to successfully fix his malformation. The appropriate vessels will be mobilized, the testes repositions, and the testicular sac ligated. This surgery provided by Watsi’s medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, will allow Victor to have a family of his own and reduce his risk for testicular cancer as he develops.
Victor shares with us, “I know that I need to help my family, and I want to recover soon to continue with school. It is very important to me.” Our support will help Victor and his family tremendously.