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Success! Moses from Kenya raised $646 to fund corrective surgery for his birth condition.

Moses
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$646
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$0
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Fully funded
Moses's treatment was fully funded on November 30, 2021.

Photo of Moses post-operation

December 7, 2021

Moses underwent corrective surgery for his birth condition.

Moses had a successful surgery at our facility. He is recovering well! Because of this surgery, Moses is no longer at risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future.

Moses’ Grandmother says, “I am very happy that Moses had successful treatment.’’

Moses had a successful surgery at our facility. He is recovering well! Because of this surgery, Moses is no longer at risk of developing her...

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October 20, 2021

Moses is a young boy and the third born in a family of four children. His parents separated when he was still small.

More than two years ago, his mother went to visit one of his grandmothers with his siblings and abandoned them there. With four children to take care of at her age, it became impossible for the grandmother and so she reached out for help from other relatives who were willing to help financially. One of his grandmothers opted to take care of Moses and he has been living with her since then.

A few months ago, Moses learnt from his friends that he did not have testes as the other boys his age did. He shared it with his grandmother who took him to the hospital for the doctor’s advice. Moses was examined and diagnosed with bilateral undescended testes and he was referred to another facility for treatment. His grandmother did not have enough funds at the time and so she gathered some funds and a few weeks later she took Moses to the facility. He was examined again, some tests were done but he was not booked for any surgery. Time went by and his grandmother became very concerned. She consulted from one of her children and she was referred to BethanyKids Hospital where Moses has now been booked for bilateral orchidopexy surgery. Moses’ grandmother cannot raise the required money for the surgery and is requesting financial help.

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

Moses will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on October 21st. AMHF is requesting $646 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care.

Moses’ grandmother says, “As a child, Moses has gone through a lot and I would like to make his life as smooth as possible but the main hindrance is finances. Please help us.”

Moses is a young boy and the third born in a family of four children. His parents separated when he was still small. More than two years...

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Moses's Timeline

  • October 20, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Moses was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • October 21, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Moses 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.

  • October 25, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Moses's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 30, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Moses's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 7, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Moses's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

Treatment
Orchidopexy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $646 for Moses's treatment
Hospital Fees
$480
Medical Staff
$10
Medication
$30
Supplies
$90
Labs
$5
Other
$31
  • 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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