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Success! Gidion from Tanzania raised $775 for hydrocephalus treatment.

Gidion
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Fully funded
Gidion's treatment was fully funded on April 6, 2016.

Photo of Gidion post-operation

April 29, 2016

Gidion underwent successful hydrocephalus treatment.

“Gidion is showing great improvements. He can sit without support for a longer period of time and he is more active than he used to be,” shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). When Gidion was around two years old he was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition where cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain. Now that Gidion’s condition is improving, he can continue doing the things that he loves, like playing with wooden cars, mud, and running around with other children.

“I am truly grateful for the financial support. The surgery has done wonders for my son. He smiles at me, he talks and he is trying to sit without support. I hope as time goes on he will be able to walk again,” said Gidion’s mother.

"Gidion is showing great improvements. He can sit without support for a longer period of time and he is more active than he used to be," sha...

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March 8, 2016

Gidion is a two-year-old boy living in Tanzania with his parents and four siblings. “He used to be very active; he enjoyed playing with wooden cars, mud and running around with other children,” says our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF).

“Gidion was born without any problems. He was growing well – able to crawl, sit, stand and walk. When he turned twenty months, he got sick. He was severely vomiting and lost his appetite,” shares AMHF. “He was taken to different hospitals and was treated only to get some relieve and then back to being sick again. Slowly Gidion lost his ability to walk and, “The last two months his mother noticed the circumference of his son’s head was increasing. He now has trouble supporting his head. If not treated, Gidion’s health will continue to deteriorate; he will lose his eyesight and completely become dependent,” adds AMHF. He developed hydrocephalus, a buildup of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the brain.

Treatment will cost a total of $775, and consists of draining the CSF buildup. Gidion will be able to get surgery, recover in the hospital for five days, and stay at a rehabilitation center for two weeks. Gidion’s parents are small scale farmers and cannot afford the cost of this surgery.

AMHF expects that after surgery, “Gidion’s head circumference will not continue to increase, he will retain his vision and he may be able to walk again.”

“I pray that my son will get well, be active again, and continue to grow up normally like his siblings,” says Gidion’s mother.

Gidion is a two-year-old boy living in Tanzania with his parents and four siblings. “He used to be very active; he enjoyed playing with wood...

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Gidion's Timeline

  • March 8, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Gidion was submitted by Esupat Kimerei, Rehab Surgery Project Assistant Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • March 9, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Gidion 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.

  • March 18, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Gidion's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 6, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Gidion's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 29, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Gidion's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 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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