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Success! Peresia from Tanzania raised $765 to fund a procedure to treat her hydrocephalus.

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Peresia's treatment was fully funded on December 20, 2020.

Photo of Peresia post-operation

December 21, 2020

Peresia underwent hydrocephalus treatment.

Peresia had a successful surgery which helped relieve the pressure build up in her head. Through this treatment, fluids are no longer accumulating in her head and we have stopped the risk of future brain damage. Peresia has been healed from the regular fevers she was having, which was very worrying for her family. She is now doing fine and getting back to good health. Her head has significantly reduced in size which is a good sign that the shunt placed during surgery is working perfectly.

Peresia’s mother says, “God bless you very much for helping treat our baby. We had struggled so much but thanks to you, she is now getting better.”

Peresia had a successful surgery which helped relieve the pressure build up in her head. Through this treatment, fluids are no longer accumu...

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November 5, 2020

Peresia is a seven-month-old baby girl from Tanzania. She is the first born child to her young parents. Peresia’s parents have a small business together selling sardines, called “dagaa” locally. They work hard, but they have little income and barely enough to get by.

Peresia has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Peresia has been experiencing an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, she will experience severe physical and developmental delays.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $765 to cover the cost of surgery for Peresia that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on November 6th and will drain the excess fluid from her brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Peresia will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl.

Peresia’s mother shared, “Our daughter is getting worse every day and we cannot afford her treatment as it is too expensive. Please help save our daughter.”

Peresia is a seven-month-old baby girl from Tanzania. She is the first born child to her young parents. Peresia's parents have a small busin...

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Peresia's Timeline

  • November 5, 2020

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

  • November 6, 2020

    Peresia 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.

  • November 8, 2020

    Peresia's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 20, 2020

    Peresia's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 21, 2020

    Peresia's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

Hydrocephalus alone
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $765 for Peresia's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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