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Success! Megan from Kenya raised $685 to fund brain surgery.

Megan
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$685
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Megan's treatment was fully funded on December 31, 2018.

Photo of Megan post-operation

December 4, 2018

Megan underwent brain surgery.

Megan’s surgery to drain the excess fluid was successful. This has minimized the risk of brainstem compression.

“Thank you very much. Words cannot express the gratitude I have for your organization,” says Megan’s mother.

Megan’s surgery to drain the excess fluid was successful. This has minimized the risk of brainstem compression. "Thank you very much. Wor...

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November 23, 2018

Megan is a baby from Kenya. Her mother named her after Meghan Markle.

Megan has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. Without treatment, Megan will experience severe physical and developmental delays.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Megan that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on November 28 and will drain the excess fluid from Megan’s brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Megan will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl.

Megan is a baby from Kenya. Her mother named her after Meghan Markle. Megan has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which ...

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Megan's Timeline

  • November 23, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 23, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Megan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 28, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Megan 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.

  • December 4, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Megan's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 31, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Megan's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 19 donors

Funded by 19 donors

Treatment
Hydrocephalus - Shunt
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $685 for Megan's treatment
Hospital Fees
$537
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$28
Supplies
$0
Labs
$120
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Symptoms of hydrocephalus include an enlarged head size, irritability, abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain, and increased intracranial pressure. Cognitive development can be affected, and damage to the optic nerve can cause blindness.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

In young children, hydrocephalus affects brain development, cognition, and vision. In older children and adults, hydrocephalus also causes headaches.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

The burden of infant hydrocephalus in East Africa is significant, with more than 6,000 new cases estimated per year. The majority are caused by neonatal infection and vitamin deficiency, and should thus be preventable. In East Africa, the single most common cause of hydrocephalus is infection, usually via neonatal meningitis or ventriculitis. Neonatal sepsis is common and is exacerbated by the lack of skilled perinatal care for the majority of births in Africa.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Hydrocephalus patients are usually treated within a few days of arriving at the hospital. Fortunately, our medical partner can accept many patients who would otherwise go home if they could not afford the surgery cost. Treatment involves inserting a shunt into the brain to route cerebrospinal fluid to another part of the body. One month after surgery, the patient returns for a follow-up appointment.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

This surgery is lifesaving. The patient will no longer be at risk of cognitive and vision damage. Surgical treatment for hydrocephalus can restore and maintain normal cerebrospinal fluid levels in the brain.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This condition is treatable, though the outcome depends on how quickly the disease is identified and treated.

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. With about one neurosurgeon per 10,000,000 people in East Africa, initial treatment for hydrocephalus is often unavailable.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Surgery is the only option.

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Tuhirweomugisha

Tuhirweomugisha is a farmer and a 45-year-old mother of 4 children. All of her children are in school and she is the only provider for the family after losing her husband in 2002. Tuhirweomugisha has been working primarily as a small scale farmer and also is weaving of local baskets and mats to earn extra income. 11 months ago, Tuhirweomugisha has been experiencing lower abdominal and back pain, poor appetite, along with other symptoms. She has been diagnosed with premalignant cervical lesion, which has the potential of turning into cancer if not treated. Tuhirweomugisha had initially gone to a hospital near her home where surgery recommended. However, the cost was very high and her only option was to sell her only piece of land, compromising her source of income which her children's futures depend on. Instead, Tuhirweomugisha turned to our medical partner's care center, Nyakibale Hospital. After review, she was diagnosed with the premalignant lesion and requires a total abdominal hysterectomy to remove her uterus in order to suppress chances of the lesion turning cancerous and affecting her quality of life. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $219 to fund Tuhirweomugisha's surgery. On June 22nd, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Tuhirweomugisha will be able to resume her daily activities with ease. Tuhirweomugisha hopes to return to her responsibilities soon, “I have failed to raise money for my hospital bill on my own and I hope that with your support, I will be able to regain my health and continue working hard through farming to provide for my children.”

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$70raised
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