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Success! Renee from Kenya raised $685 to fund hydrocephalus surgery.

Renee
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  • $685 raised, $0 to go
$685
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$0
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Fully funded
Renee's treatment was fully funded on September 1, 2017.

Photo of Renee post-operation

July 31, 2017

Renee underwent hydrocephalus surgery.

Renee’s surgery was a success. The surgeon was able to drain the excess fluid from her brain as well as ease the pressure in her head. The surgery has stabilized her intra-cranial pressure and minimized her risk of life-threatening brain damage.

Renee’s surgery was a success. The surgeon was able to drain the excess fluid from her brain as well as ease the pressure in her head. The s...

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May 24, 2017

Renee is a six-month-old baby girl from Kenya. She was born prematurely at 30 weeks, she spent her first three weeks in the nursery gaining strength.

Renee’s mother noticed that her head was growing abnormally when compared with her body. Two months ago, Renee was diagnosed with hydrocephalus—a condition that causes an excess of fluid to build up in the brain, causing the skull to swell. If Renee does not receive treatment, she will be at risk of delayed development, impaired vision, and permanent brain damage.

Renee’s family lives in a one room rental house on the coast of Kenya. Her mother quit her job to stay at home to look after Renee, while her father is a public service vehicle driver. Renee’s family is unable to pay for her medical needs.

Renee’s mother says, “It is hard to raise the required funds for my daughter’s surgical care. I will appreciate any help we can get.”

On May 25, Renee will undergo a hydrocephalus surgery. Renee’s family is contributing $52 towards the cost of surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to fund this procedure. The requested $685 pays for surgical materials, medication, and five nights of hospital stay.

Renee is a six-month-old baby girl from Kenya. She was born prematurely at 30 weeks, she spent her first three weeks in the nursery gaining ...

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Renee's Timeline

  • May 24, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Renee was submitted by Maya Murao, Fellow at African Mission Healthcare Foundation, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • May 25, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Renee 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.

  • June 02, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Renee's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 31, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Renee's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 01, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Renee's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Hydrocephalus - Shunt
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $685 for Renee's treatment
Hospital Fees
$537
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$28
Supplies
$0
Labs
$120
  • 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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