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Success! Onesmus from Kenya raised $874 to fund second stage hypospadias repair surgery to heal a condition he has had since birth.

Onesmus
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$874
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$0
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Fully funded
Onesmus's treatment was fully funded on November 27, 2022.

Photo of Onesmus post-operation

December 13, 2022

Onesmus underwent second stage hypospadias repair surgery to heal a condition he has had since birth.

Onesmus has a contagious smile after a successful second-stage hypospadias repair. He stayed in the ward for ten days as he healed. While in the ward, he was playful and happy. He has now been discharged home.

His parents were very happy. They are hopeful that he will now be able to lead his life normally and live like other children.

Onesmus’ mother says, “My sons state stressed me and I feared how they would feel when they grew up and how their relationship with other children would be. I am grateful for the great help that they have received. May God bless you.”

Onesmus has a contagious smile after a successful second-stage hypospadias repair. He stayed in the ward for ten days as he healed. While in...

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July 22, 2022

Onesmus is a cheerful and friendly 7-year-old student from Kenya. His father is a minibus taxi driver, and his mother sells vegetables to locals. Onesmus is the firstborn of three children in his family. He has a brother who has the same condition as him, and they both require surgery.

Onesmus was born with hypospadias, a congenital condition that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility.

Onesmus is visiting our facility for the second time. He and his brother both underwent first stage hypospadias repair about a year ago. Now, they must undergo a second and final stage repair for full functioning of the affected area.

Onesmus’s family has insurance, which is paid for by the government through the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF). However, NHIF could not approve surgery for both brothers, so only one surgery will be funded. Due to financial constraints, their parents are unable to fund Onesmus’s procedure.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), can help. Onesmus is scheduled to undergo second stage corrective surgery on July 25th at our medical partner’s care center. AMHF is requesting $874 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care.

Onesmus’s mother shares, “I am really looking forward to my son’s well-being. I believe all will be changed by the end of the procedure.”

Onesmus is a cheerful and friendly 7-year-old student from Kenya. His father is a minibus taxi driver, and his mother sells vegetables to lo...

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Onesmus's Timeline

  • July 22, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Onesmus was submitted by Beatrice Njoroge, Curative Medical Support Program Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • July 22, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Onesmus's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 25, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Onesmus received treatment at AIC Kapsowar 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.

  • November 27, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Onesmus's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 13, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Onesmus's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Hypospadias Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $874 for Onesmus's treatment
Hospital Fees
$510
Medical Staff
$3
Medication
$76
Supplies
$175
Labs
$28
Other
$82
  • 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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$1,088raised
$412to go

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