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Success! Brason from Kenya raised $600 to treat congenital hydrocephalus.

Brason
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  • $600 raised, $0 to go
$600
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Fully funded
Brason's treatment was fully funded on April 8, 2016.

Photo of Brason post-operation

April 29, 2016

Brason underwent treatment for congenital hydrocephalus.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, explains: “Brason had a successful shunt revision and hopefully he will afford a smile once he recuperates. This treatment will reduce the increased intracranial pressure in the brain which may cause progressive enlargement of the head, potentially cause mental disability, tunnel vision or even death.”

“I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank you for the thoughtful help you accorded towards Brason’s surgical care,” his mother said. “You are such incredibly professional and compassionate people. You helped to make an extremely difficult time as comfortable as humanly possible.”

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, explains: "Brason had a successful shunt revision and hopefully he will afford a...

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March 17, 2016

Born in Kenya, 10-month-old Brason began exhibiting rapid head growth when he was only a few months old. Brason has come with his mother to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), to be treated for hydrocephalus.

In babies with hydrocephalus, fluid accumulates in the brain as a result of infection, trauma, genetic defect, or abnormal development of the brain or spinal cord. The effects of hydrocephalus are serious. “The increased intracranial pressure inside the skull may cause progressive enlargement of the head and potentially cause mental disability and tunnel vision,” explains AMHF. “If not treated, there will be continued obstruction of the cerebral spinal fluid flow, leading to brain damage.”

Treatment for hydrocephalus involves insertion of a shunt to drain the excess fluid from the brain and transport it to the abdomen, where it can be resorbed by the body. “A shunt was inserted [into Brason’s head] at a local clinic some miles from his place of residence,” AMHF tells us. “Even then, his head circumference continued increasing, and therefore, a shunt revision is required to help ease the pain the little champ is going through.”

Brason’s mother earns money as a casual laborer doing farm work and laundry, but she cannot afford the additional procedure that her son needs. “I worry about how I can raise funds to enhance his treatment,” she shares.

For $600, Brason will undergo shunt revision surgery. Funding also covers the costs of five days of hospital care, imaging, blood tests, and medicine. Brason’s mother is contributing $20 to help cover additional costs associated with his care.

“Brason’s treatment will reduce the increased intra-cranial pressure on the brain, which could lead to death,” says AMHF.

Brason’s mother looks forward to a successful operation for her son. “I am glad to have found a place where Brason can get treated,” she says.

Born in Kenya, 10-month-old Brason began exhibiting rapid head growth when he was only a few months old. Brason has come with his mother to ...

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Brason's Timeline

  • March 17, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 29, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Brason received treatment at BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH). 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.

  • April 07, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Brason's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 08, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Brason's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 29, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Brason's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

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