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Success! Namayana from Tanzania raised $775 to treat hydrocephalus.

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Namayana's treatment was fully funded on January 13, 2016.

Photo of Namayana post-operation

February 16, 2016

Namayana received life-saving brain surgery.

“Shunting was done successfully and is working properly,” our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF) shares. “The fever is gone and Namayana is no longer vomiting. Namayana may never be able to see, but with time she may gain trunk control and ability to sit.”

“My baby’s head is not as heavy as before, she is feeding well and she can at least hear. I hope later on she will be able to sit and even walk with support. I am thankful for the support and care given to my baby,” says Namayana’s mother.

"Shunting was done successfully and is working properly," our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF) shares. "The fev...

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January 5, 2016

Namayana’s mother noticed that her six-month-old daughter’s head was increasing in size and her eyes were changing after recovering from meningitis. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), shares that Namayana’s mother sought medical attention for her daughter, who was then diagnosed with hydrocephalus.

Hydrocephalus is excessive buildup of fluid in the brain and causes the head to swell and enlarge. “Despite her condition, Namayana is very strong,” AMHF shares. “She can lift her legs high up while laying in bed. She wants to sit and move around but the size of her head won’t let her.”

If the condition persists, Namayana may face brain damage and issues with mental and physical development. “Namayana needs treatment to prevent further developmental problems,” AMHF shares.

“Namayana’s mother is a homemaker and her father is a livestock keeper,” but they are unable to come up with the funds for their daughter’s treatment. In order to treat Namayana’s hydrocephalus, doctors will insert a shunt to drain the excess fluid from her head.

$775 covers the cost of surgery, a five-day hospital stay, antibiotics, and follow-up care for Namayana. AMHF expects a positive outcome. “There will be no more progressive head enlargement for Namayana and there will also be a reduced physical developmental delay.”

“I will be happy to see my daughter getting stronger and growing up like her siblings,” says Namayana’s mother.

Namayana's mother noticed that her six-month-old daughter's head was increasing in size and her eyes were changing after recovering from men...

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Namayana's Timeline

  • January 5, 2016

    Namayana was submitted by Esupat Kimerei, Rehab Surgery Project Assistant Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • January 06, 2016

    Namayana 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.

  • January 10, 2016

    Namayana's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 13, 2016

    Namayana's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 16, 2016

    Namayana's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 19 donors

Funded by 19 donors

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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