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Success! Neema from Tanzania raised $775 to fund brain surgery.

Neema
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  • $775 raised, $0 to go
$775
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$0
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Fully funded
Neema's treatment was fully funded on December 31, 2016.

Photo of Neema post-operation

February 2, 2017

Neema underwent successful brain surgery.

Surgeons performed a shunt insertion to drain the fluid from her brain. This procedure has reduced the pressure in her head and has minimized her risk of brain stem compression or brain damage.

Her mother says, “Thank you. I see that my child has now healed from her hydrocephalus. I appreciate your care.”

Surgeons performed a shunt insertion to drain the fluid from her brain. This procedure has reduced the pressure in her head and has minimize...

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December 15, 2016

Neema is a three-month-old girl from Tanzania. She was born with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain. She underwent a shunt insertion to drain the fluid from her brain.

Unfortunately, Neema’s shunt has been malfunctioning. On November 15, she underwent a revision surgery to replace the old shunt with a new one.

“We really hope that the doctors can help Neema get better,” says her mother.

Neema is the youngest of six children. Her parents are subsistence farmers. They were referred to our medical partner’s care center, The Plaster House, by the parents of another child who also received treatment for hydrocephalus.

Neema’s parents cannot afford healthcare. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $775 to fund this procedure.

Neema is a three-month-old girl from Tanzania. She was born with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates ...

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Neema's Timeline

  • December 15, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Neema was submitted by Sarah Rejman, Rehab Surgery Project Program Director at African Mission Healthcare.

  • December 15, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Neema received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC) in Tanzania. 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 19, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Neema's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 31, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Neema's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 2, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Neema's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Treatment
Hydrocephalus alone
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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