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Success! Loserian from Tanzania raised $802 to fund surgery to treat her hydrocephalus.

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Loserian's treatment was fully funded on July 4, 2020.
June 28, 2020

Loserian is a baby from Tanzania. She is three months old and the last born child in a family of three children. Her parents depend entirely on small scale farming for food. They sell any surplus food for additional income.

Loserian 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, Loserian has been experiencing an increasing head circumference, fevers, and vomiting. Without treatment, Loserian will experience severe physical and developmental delays.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $802 to cover the cost of surgery for Loserian that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 29 and will drain the excess fluid from Loserian’s brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Loserian will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl.

Loserian’s mother shared, “Our baby’s health worsens with each day that goes by, she is in pain and cannot feed comfortably because of her head condition. Please help us. We cannot afford the cost because it’s too high for us, please help our baby.”

Loserian is a baby from Tanzania. She is three months old and the last born child in a family of three children. Her parents depend entirely...

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Loserian's Timeline

  • June 28, 2020

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

  • June 29, 2020

    Loserian was scheduled to receive treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC). 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 29, 2020

    Loserian's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 04, 2020

    Loserian's treatment was fully funded.


    Awaiting Loserian's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Hydrocephalus alone
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $802 for Loserian's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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