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Success! John from Kenya raised $847 to fund hypospadias repair so he can grow up healthy.

John
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$847
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$0
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Fully funded
John's treatment was fully funded on August 5, 2022.

Photo of John post-operation

August 19, 2022

John underwent hypospadias repair so he can grow up healthy.

John underwent a successful surgery with no complications and is recovering so well. He was admitted to the hospital for one day to be monitored and has now headed home with his mom. John will be attending his post operation clinic reviews so his doctors and ensure a full recovery. His mother is so happy and relieved.

“I’m happy that John will grow up as other kids now,” shared John’s mother.

John underwent a successful surgery with no complications and is recovering so well. He was admitted to the hospital for one day to be monit...

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June 15, 2022

Meet John, a playful two-year-old, living with his mother.

When John was nine months old, his mother noticed that he wasn’t passing urine normally. She brought him to the hospital, where John was examined. His mother was told to return home and to give John time. Last month, John’s mother brought him to a different facility, where he was diagnosed with hypospadias, which is the cause of John’s urinating abnormally. Surgical intervention is required to remedy this condition.

John’s mother is a single parent, who works when she can as a caretaker, but is not able to raise enough funds to pay for John’s surgery. Fortunately, they were referred to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare for help. They are now seeking $847 to fully fund John’s hypospadias repair, which is scheduled for June 16th at BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital. The surgery will correct his birth condition, which can cause future complications for John’s health.

John’s mother has new hope that he son will be well, she shared: “Despite our financial hardships, I do believe that John will be treated.”

Meet John, a playful two-year-old, living with his mother. When John was nine months old, his mother noticed that he wasn't passing urine...

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John's Timeline

  • June 15, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    John was submitted by Ruth Kanyeria, SAFE Program Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • June 16, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    John 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 21, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    John's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 5, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    John's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 19, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    John's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Treatment
Hypospadius Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $847 for John'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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