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Success! Lewis from Kenya raised $710 to fund surgery to heal his birth defect so he can grow up healthy.

Lewis
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$710
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Fully funded
Lewis's treatment was fully funded on September 7, 2022.

Photo of Lewis post-operation

September 17, 2022

Lewis underwent surgery to heal his birth defect so he can grow up healthy.

Lewis had successful treatment and is recovering well! With this surgery, Lewis will now be able to pass urine like other boys and is free from complications like infection, stigma, and future cancer or infertility.

Lewis’s mother was very grateful for the support: “Thanks to the donors for coming to my aid, I didn’t know what to do after my insurange failed to support me. I am now happy my son will soon be passing urine like other boys and can grow up normally.”

Lewis had successful treatment and is recovering well! With this surgery, Lewis will now be able to pass urine like other boys and is free f...

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May 13, 2022

Lewis is a shy and quiet two-year-old boy, living with his mother and three siblings in Kiambu County, Kenya. Lewis’ mother, who is separated from her husband, is currently unemployed but is sometimes able to sell fruit to earn money and support her family.

When Lewis was born, the doctors determined that because of a birth defect, Lewis is unable to pass urine normally. While the doctors recommended surgery to correct the deformity, and all of the appropriate documents were completed and submitted, the request for surgery has been denied twice. If Lewis does not have the surgery, he could grow up socially isolated, be prone to infections, and he may suffer from infertility and the risk of cancer.

Fortunately, Lewis is now scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on May 16th at Nazareth Hospital. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $710 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care.

“I have been worried wondering what more I need to do to finally get the money required for Lewis’s surgery, but I am glad that God has heard my prayers,” Lewis’s mother remarked.

Lewis is a shy and quiet two-year-old boy, living with his mother and three siblings in Kiambu County, Kenya. Lewis' mother, who is separat...

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Lewis's Timeline

  • May 13, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 19, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lewis received treatment at Nazareth 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.

  • May 19, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lewis's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 7, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lewis's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 17, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Lewis's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Treatment
Nazareth - Hypospadias
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $710 for Lewis's treatment
Hospital Fees
$379
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$21
Supplies
$246
Labs
$30
Other
$34
  • 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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.