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Success! Joshua from Tanzania raised $1,362 to fund hydrocephalus surgery.

Joshua
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  • $1,362 raised, $0 to go
$1,362
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$0
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Fully funded
Joshua's treatment was fully funded on November 29, 2020.

Photo of Joshua post-operation

July 10, 2020

Joshua underwent hydrocephalus surgery.

Joshua was admitted to the hospital because he was experiencing seizures, fevers, and anemia. The doctors were able to control his seizures and give Joshua a blood transfusion. Then, an external drainage device was placed to help ease the pressure which had been building up inside his head on account of excess fluid accumulation. Once he finally became stable, he received a ventriculoperitoneal (VPS) shunt and is now recovering.

Joshua’s mother shared, “I am thankful and grateful that my son has finally received the surgery he needed and is showing improvement. God bless you all.”

Joshua was admitted to the hospital because he was experiencing seizures, fevers, and anemia. The doctors were able to control his seizures ...

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May 19, 2020

Joshua is a two-month-old baby and the youngest in a family of three children from Tanzania. His parents are small-scale farmers; his father owns a few cattle and they also have a small farm where they plant food for home consumption.

Joshua 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, Joshua has been experiencing challenges since birth. Without treatment, Joshua 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 Joshua that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 20th and will drain the excess fluid from Joshua’s brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Joshua will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy.

Joshua’s father shared, “Please help treat our baby, he needs to undergo a surgery which due to financial challenges, we are not able to afford. Please help us.”

Joshua is a two-month-old baby and the youngest in a family of three children from Tanzania. His parents are small-scale farmers; his father...

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Joshua's Timeline

  • May 19, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Joshua was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • May 20, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Joshua's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 16, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Joshua 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.

  • July 10, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Joshua's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 29, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Joshua's treatment was fully funded.

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

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Joan

Joan is a playful and happy three-year-old girl. She's the third born in a family of four. Their family lives in a rental house in a small town in Kenya. Her father works as a shopkeeper, and her mother is a housewife. Joan's father earns limited wages from the business, especially during the difficult times caused by the COVID pandemic. Having been blessed with four children, Joan's father's income is often not enough to cater to the basic needs of his children and also pay for the health care that Joan needs. Joan was brought to the hospital with recurrent tonsillitis and pain when swallowing for more than a year now. She has difficulty sleeping, and breathing when she sleeps. These symptoms are attributed to enlarged tonsils that are blocking her airways. Her mother also reported that when Joan has an active infection, she is not able to feed well and even has difficulty in breathing during the day. Before they came to Kapsowar Hospital, Joan's mother had been taking her to a health facility for treatment with antibiotics, though they have not been effective. Our surgeons have recommended that Joan’s condition is best treated surgically and have booked her for a tonsillectomy. The surgery will improve her general well-being and bring her peace during the night and aid in proper feeding. Joan's family is requesting any well-wisher to support them so that their daughter can undergo surgery. Joan will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare. Fortunately, she is scheduled to undergo a tonsillectomy on April 23rd. African Mission Healthcare is requesting $420 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, she will be able to sleep and breathe peacefully throughout the night. Joan's mother shared, “I want my child to get treated so that she can breathe well and sleep well. Thank you for your support.''

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$227raised
$193to go

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