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Success! Joseph from Kenya raised $710 to fund surgery to heal his birth condition.

Joseph
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  • $710 raised, $0 to go
$710
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Joseph's treatment was fully funded on April 2, 2022.

Photo of Joseph post-operation

April 12, 2022

Joseph underwent surgery to heal his birth condition.

Joseph underwent successful treatment, and by the time he went home, his family as relieved to see him well. His parents were very happy because their son is finally free from complications and will now grow healthy like other children.

With new relief and a smile, Josephs’s mother said, “I am very grateful for helping our son to undergo this surgery. Once healed we are sure he will now grow like a normal boy and I hope in the future he will be able to have his own children. Asante sana.”

Joseph underwent successful treatment, and by the time he went home, his family as relieved to see him well. His parents were very happy bec...

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January 31, 2022

Joseph is a sweet two-year-old boy and the second born in a family of two children. Even at his age, Joseph already likes to play a lot and makes his parents very happy.

Joseph’s father did an electrical course but has not been able to find formal employment so has started doing casual work in the electrical field. Joseph’s mother takes care of their home and the family.

From the moment he was born, Joseph’s parents noticed that he wasn’t passing urine normally. They took him to the hospital, but it was suggested that they wait until he was around two years old to undergo surgery. When he reached this age, his parents brought him to our medical partner’s care center Nazareth Hospital, where the surgeon recommends that he undergoes hypospadias repair.

Joseph was born with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of future complications.

Fortunately, Joseph is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on February 1st. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $710 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care.

Joseph’s parents shared, “We humbly request support in order for our son to be cured and lead a normal life in the future. In the future, we’d like to see him start a family. According to the doctor, if he is not cured, he will never be able to have his own children. This is a condition that we really want to get healed.”

Joseph is a sweet two-year-old boy and the second born in a family of two children. Even at his age, Joseph already likes to play a lot and ...

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Joseph's Timeline

  • January 31, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 2, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Joseph's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 10, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Joseph received treatment at Nazareth Hospital 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.

  • April 2, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Joseph's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 12, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Joseph's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 21 donors

Funded by 21 donors

Treatment
Nazareth - Hypospadias
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $710 for Joseph's treatment
Hospital Fees
$379
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$21
Supplies
$246
Labs
$30
Other
$34
  • 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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74%funded
$1,122raised
$378to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Su

Su is 10-year-old girl who lives in Thailand. Both of her parents work for a community based organization helping others in their area. In her free time, Su likes to draw pictures and play with her friends. Su was born with clubfeet and a dislocated hip. She received corrective surgery in Chiang Mai with the help of our medical partner BCMF after she was born. During her last visit to the hospital when she was young, the doctor told her mother that they only had to return to the hospital when she outgrew her clubfeet correction shoes. However, her parents could never bring her back. In additional to financial constraints, their legal documents expired, and later when they had legal documents, they could not go to Chiang Mai due to covid-19 travel restrictions. In June 2022, Su started to experience pain in her right foot whenever she walked more than 10 minutes. She also experienced pain in her right hip for the first time when she walked. The doctor at Mae Sot Hospital diagnosed her with a dislocated hip and referred her to the larger hospital Chiang Mai for further treatment. In October an MRI was performed for Su and it was determined that she may need two surgeries: one for hrt hip and another for her clubfeet condition. The first surgery is for a hip replacement and the doctor scheduled her for surgery on November 25th so she can be out of pain as quickly as possible. Her family needs $1500 for her hip replacement surgery. Su's father said, "I am hopeful for my daughter to receive surgery soon. After surgery, I hope that she will be able to walk like other children and she will not be shy when she grows up. Now, when she goes to school, some of her friends tease her that she cannot walk properly like other children."

74% funded

74%funded
$1,122raised
$378to go