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Success! Angela from Tanzania raised $728 to fund brain surgery.

Angela
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$728
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$0
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Fully funded
Angela's treatment was fully funded on February 7, 2018.

Photo of Angela post-operation

February 13, 2018

Angela underwent brain surgery.

Angela is doing well. She is no longer irritable and no longer has regular fever and headaches. The shunt that was inserted will help drain the increased cerebral fluid to reduce pressure on her brain and prevent brain damage.

Angela’s mother says, “I am happy that Angela no longer vomits or is irritable. She is now eating better and no longer complains of headaches. Thank you so much for this surgery.”

Angela is doing well. She is no longer irritable and no longer has regular fever and headaches. The shunt that was inserted will help drain ...

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January 2, 2018

Angela is a child from Tanzania. Both her parents are subsistence farmers and barely have enough for their family’s needs.

Angela 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, Angela has been experiencing frequent vomiting, irritability, and terrible headaches. She slowly lost her eyesight. Without treatment, Angela will experience severe physical and developmental delays.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $728 to cover the cost of surgery for Angela that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 3 and will drain the excess fluid from Angela’s brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Angela will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl.

Angela’s mother says, “Please help my daughter…I feel hopeless that I cannot help my child get the surgery she needs to enable her to walk again.”

Angela is a child from Tanzania. Both her parents are subsistence farmers and barely have enough for their family's needs. Angela has be...

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Angela's Timeline

  • January 2, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 03, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Angela 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 03, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Angela's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 07, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Angela's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 13, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Angela's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Treatment
Hydrocephalus alone
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $728 for Angela's treatment
Hospital Fees
$511
Medical Staff
$20
Medication
$51
Supplies
$35
Labs
$111
  • 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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