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Success! Victor from Kenya raised $561 to fund cryptorchidism treatment.

Victor
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  • $561 raised, $0 to go
$561
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Victor's treatment was fully funded on March 31, 2021.
March 28, 2021

Victor is an active 8-year-old boy from Kenya. In 2019, Victor’s mother took him to be treated for anorectal malformation birth condition and discovered that Victor has undescended testes. Victor’s father works as a taxi driver, and his mother is not able to work as she has to take care of Victor and his siblings, one of whom is disabled.

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

He is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on March 30th with assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF).

Victor’s mother shared, “I was worried about the delay in getting help for Victor but I am relieved to know that my son will finally get the help that he needs.”

Victor is an active 8-year-old boy from Kenya. In 2019, Victor's mother took him to be treated for anorectal malformation birth condition an...

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Victor's Timeline

  • March 28, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Victor was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • March 30, 2021
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Victor was scheduled to receive 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.

  • March 30, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Victor's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 31, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Victor's treatment was fully funded.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Victor's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Orchidopexy (Single)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $561 for Victor'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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