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Success! Augustine from Kenya raised $1,260 for surgery to remove his brain tumor.

Augustine
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Fully funded
Augustine's treatment was fully funded on May 17, 2016.

Photo of Augustine post-operation

June 16, 2016

Augustine received life-saving brain surgery.

Augustine’s brain tumor removal was successful. Augustine is no longer suffering headaches and hopefully he may regain his sight and resume his studies. He is supposed to go for 20-21 sessions of radiotherapy before six weeks elapse after discharge. There will be constant follow-up on his progress as we focus on his well-being.

“I hope I will regain my sight because I miss a lot of things that I used to do and see,” Augustine said. “Keep me in your prayers.”

Augustine’s father added: “I do not know how I can show my appreciation to Watsi for the love and generosity they have showed my son and my entire family. If only I could meet you in person to show you how much I appreciate. I will keep your program in prayers and may you never tire from the great work you are doing.”

Augustine’s brain tumor removal was successful. Augustine is no longer suffering headaches and hopefully he may regain his sight and resume ...

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May 3, 2016

Two years ago, Augustine was kicked by a donkey on the head as he was preparing to go fetch water at a long distance from their home in Kenya. He was immediately taken to the hospital. A scan was later to reveal that Augustine had some of the veins in his head blocked. Drugs were administered as his parents could not afford a more specialized treatment.

All seemed well up until seven months ago when Augustine began complaining of headaches and blurred vision. He was referred to an eye clinic where a second scan revealed that Augustine had a growth in the brain. A surgery was required the soonest possible. A shunt was administered in the local hospital they went to, to reduce the increased intracranial pressure, but that did not help the situation as Augustine’s sight was deteriorating fast. A friend recommended that they visit Bethany Kids, a Watsi partner hospital, for specialized treatment.

Augustine is 14 years old, and is experiencing progressive visual loss, persistent headaches, vomiting and gait walking abnormalities. If not treated, Augustine is at high risk of increased intra-cranial pressure, which is likely to cause brain damage or even death. He will continue to have persistent headaches and not be able to resume schooling.

Augustine is the last born in a family of five children. He is calm and collected and it is not until you move around that you notice he cannot see you. Augustine was not born blind, he has had the pleasure of seeing much and hopes that one day he will regain his sight.

Augustine is meant to be in primary school class eight but he is way behind in school due to absenteeism. He aspires to be a doctor, a dream which he still has. Augustine’s parents are subsistence farmers and they sell very little of their produce which brings them a minimal income. They live in a two roomed house in Eastern Kenya. They have exhausted their savings, but they are however hopeful that they are at the right place and that their son will be well.

If treated, Augustine will be relieved from risks associated with high intra-cranial pressure like brain damage or even death. Augustine will be free from the headaches, gait abnormalities and may possibly have his vision restored and have a longer and better quality of life. Augustine will also resume school and follow his dream of becoming a doctor.

Two years ago, Augustine was kicked by a donkey on the head as he was preparing to go fetch water at a long distance from their home in Keny...

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Augustine's Timeline

  • May 3, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 13, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Augustine 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.

  • May 14, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Augustine's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 17, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Augustine's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 16, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Augustine's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Funded by 20 donors

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