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Success! Gilbert from Kenya raised $685 to fund brain surgery.

Gilbert
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  • $685 raised, $0 to go
$685
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Gilbert's treatment was fully funded on March 28, 2018.

Photo of Gilbert post-operation

March 2, 2018

Gilbert underwent brain surgery.

Gilbert’s surgery was successful. It has minimized the pressure on his brain.

“Thank you so much,” says Gilbert’s grandfather.

Gilbert’s surgery was successful. It has minimized the pressure on his brain. "Thank you so much,” says Gilbert’s grandfather....

February 7, 2018

Gilbert is a baby from Kenya. His mother dropped out of her second year in high school, and her father is in his fourth year in high school. They therefore rely on Gilbert’s maternal grandparents. His grandparents are subsistence farmers without an external source of income.

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

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Gilbert that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 8 and will drain the excess fluid from Gilbert’s brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Gilbert will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy.

“I hope we can soon put all this behind us,” shares Gilbert’s grandfather.

Gilbert is a baby from Kenya. His mother dropped out of her second year in high school, and her father is in his fourth year in high school....

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Gilbert's Timeline

  • February 7, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 08, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Gilbert 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.

  • February 08, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Gilbert's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 02, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Gilbert's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • March 28, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Gilbert's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 21 donors

Funded by 21 donors

Treatment
Hydrocephalus - Shunt
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $685 for Gilbert'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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