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Success! Samwel from Tanzania raised $1,362 to fund hydrocephalus treatment.

Samwel
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  • $1,362 raised, $0 to go
$1,362
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$0
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Fully funded
Samwel's treatment was fully funded on May 20, 2020.

Photo of Samwel post-operation

June 22, 2020

Samwel underwent hydrocephalus treatment.

Samwel’s surgery was a success! His doctors replaced the shunt that drains excess cerebrospinal fluid caused by his hydrocephalus condition. The previous shunt had malfunctioned and become infected, which caused him to have fevers. He was discharged and is now doing well. Samwel is expected to make a full recovery and will be able to grow up, leading a happy and healthy life.

Samwel’s mother shared, “God bless you all abundantly for the kindness you have shown my baby.”

Samwel's surgery was a success! His doctors replaced the shunt that drains excess cerebrospinal fluid caused by his hydrocephalus condition....

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May 12, 2020

Samwel is a 14-month baby boy from Tanzania, the third born in a family of three children. He was born healthy but after one week his parents started noticing that his head was growing significantly. They took him to several hospitals where he was given medication but his condition was worsening. They were referred to another hospital in another city where Samwel was diagnosed with hydrocephalus and a VP Shunt was placed for him when he was three months old.

He was discharged home doing well until a week ago when he started getting regular fevers. His mother noticed that there was a wound on his stomach and they could see the tube that was placed when he was three months old. Samwel’s father heard about treatment for children with hydrocephalus at Watsi’s Medical Partner Care Center ALMC from our outreach team and when his son got sick he reached out for treatment and support.

Samwel’s father is a subsistence farmer and his mother is a housewife. They do not earn enough to be able to afford Samwel’s needed treatment. Samwel has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Samwel has been experiencing increased head circumference and frequent fevers. Without treatment, Samwel will experience severe physical and developmental delays.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,362 to cover the cost of surgery for Samwel that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 13th and will drain the excess fluid from Samwel’s brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Samwel will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy.

Samwel’s father says, “I have been to several places for my son’s treatment, right now I cannot afford this other surgery he needs. Please help him get this needed treatment.”

Samwel is a 14-month baby boy from Tanzania, the third born in a family of three children. He was born healthy but after one week his parent...

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Samwel's Timeline

  • May 12, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Samwel was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • May 13, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Samwel received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC). 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 14, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Samwel's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 20, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Samwel's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 22, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Samwel's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 30 donors

Funded by 30 donors

Treatment
Hydrocephalus - ETV Insertion
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $1,362 for Samwel's treatment
Hospital Fees
$1,115
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$51
Supplies
$35
Labs
$111
Other
$50

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Rachel is a tailor from Kenya. She is a middle-aged woman from the east of the country. Eight years ago, she noted a lump on her right breast and consulted several hospitals. She had FNA tests run and cancer was ruled out. In 2014, she had a lumpectomy but unfortunately, the lump recurred in 2018. She was biopsied in a different hospital and still did not get a cancer diagnosis. Late in 2019, she opted to come to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Kijabe Hospital where she had several tests done, including an ultrasound and CT scan. Doctors diagnosed early-stage cancer. Rachel returned to the hospital in April and surgery is advised. If not operated on, she is at risk of cancer metastasis, which might result in an early death. Rachel is a mother of two children, ages 10 and 8 years old. She lives in a two-roomed rental house paying $34 per month. She sustains her family through her small tailoring venture in their house. Living with a disability, where she had a right femur osteomyelitis in 1982, she is not able to move with ease, and this limits her ability to earn a better living and lifestyle. She separated with her husband, making it hard for her to meet the daily cost of living. She left her two children with a neighbor to come for surgery and appeals for financial help. Without treatment, her cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been suggested to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $898 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Rachel. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 6th. After treatment, Rachel will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Rachel says, “Thank you for agreeing to support my surgery. I am grateful and look forward to quick recovery.”

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