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Success! Joseph from Kenya raised $847 to fund corrective surgery.

Joseph
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$847
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Joseph's treatment was fully funded on June 17, 2022.

Photo of Joseph post-operation

June 23, 2022

Joseph underwent corrective surgery and feels his dream came true.

Our medical partner shared that Joseph’s surgery was done successfully, with no complications arising during or after surgery. His hypospadias was repaired and he was admitted at the hospital for a few days for him to be closely monitored by the doctors before being discharged home. Joseph has gained his self-esteem back and is very happy that the surgery has been done successfully.

Joseph shared, “I had been wishing for a long time to pass urine normally and I thought this day would never come. I’m grateful for God for making my dream come true.”

Our medical partner shared that Joseph’s surgery was done successfully, with no complications arising during or after surgery. His hypospadi...

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March 30, 2022

Joseph is 15-year-old student and the oldest in a small family of two kids. Joseph is a shy and reserved teenager. He was born with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality that causes urinary dysfunction. Joseph’s mother worries that this condition has caused Joseph to have low self-esteem. Joseph has been examined and scheduled for a corrective surgery at our partner facility Bethany Kids Kijabe Hospital on March 31st.

Joseph’s parents separated last year and his father does not offer financial support. Jospeh’s mother picks up jobs doing laundry or selling food to make ends meet. Joseph’s family does not have medical insurance to afford the necessary surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Joseph and his family raise $847 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care.

Joseph says, “For a long time, I have been praying and wishing my parents to get money so that I can be treated.”

Joseph is 15-year-old student and the oldest in a small family of two kids. Joseph is a shy and reserved teenager. He was born with hypospad...

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Joseph's Timeline

  • March 30, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 4, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Joseph's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 22, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Joseph 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.

  • June 17, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Joseph's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 23, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Joseph's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 19 donors

Funded by 19 donors

Treatment
Hypospadius Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $847 for Joseph's treatment
Hospital Fees
$580
Medical Staff
$29
Medication
$41
Supplies
$138
Labs
$18
Other
$41
  • 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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