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Kevin
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$685
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$0
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Fully funded
Kevin's treatment was fully funded on January 1, 2018.

Photo of Kevin post-operation

December 11, 2017

Kevin underwent brain surgery.

Kevin underwent a successful operation to drain the excess fluid from his cranial cavity. He will now be able to develop normally and grow into a healthy and happy young man.

“If only I could reward you for the much love that you have shown to us,” Kevin’s mother says. “Words may never be enough but God sees all your awesome doings. May he bless you.”

Kevin underwent a successful operation to drain the excess fluid from his cranial cavity. He will now be able to develop normally and grow i...

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November 9, 2017

Kevin is a baby from Kenya. He is the last-born of five children. The family lives in a one-room house in the coastal region of Kenya. Kevin’s mother is a stay-at-home mother, while his father does casual tasks in construction sites to support his family.

Kevin 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, Kevin has been experiencing irritability. Without treatment, Kevin will experience severe physical and developmental delays.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Kevin that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on November 10 and will drain the excess fluid from Kevin’s brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Kevin will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy.

“I looking forward to that day when I will see my child well and thriving,” shares Kevin’s mother.

Kevin is a baby from Kenya. He is the last-born of five children. The family lives in a one-room house in the coastal region of Kenya. Kevin...

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Kevin's Timeline

  • November 9, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Kevin was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • November 9, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kevin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 13, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kevin received treatment at BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH) in Kenya. 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.

  • December 11, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kevin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 1, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kevin's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Hydrocephalus - Shunt
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $685 for Kevin'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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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Blessings

Blessings is a beautiful 5-month-old girl and the only child in her young family. Her mother hopes to return to finishing school once Blessings is stronger and healthier. Blessings’s grandmother has stopped working to help take care of her grandchild and their family relies on Blessings’s grandfather who is employed as a gardener. Blessings 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, Blessings has been experiencing increasing head circumference. Her mother gathered some funds with the help of Blessing’s grandmother and took her to a hospital. She was examined and the doctor requested a scan. At that moment their family did not have any money for the scan and they had to go home without knowing the way forward. While at home, they gathered more funds and went to another facility. Blessings was examined again and a scan was done. This center then referred their family to another facility in Nairobi for treatment. They shared that they went back home with the hopes of Blessings getting treated crushed as they could not afford the treatment that she needed. Thankfully, our medical partner's mobile clinic team visited the area where a relative referred them to their clinic. Blessings was examined and referred to BethanyKids Hospital, where she can finally undergo surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $720 to cover the cost of surgery for Blessings that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 6th and will drain the excess fluid from Blessings's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Blessings will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Blessings’s mother says, “I would like my child to be treated so that she is healthy and I can go back to school."

52% funded

52%funded
$380raised
$340to go