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Success! Bosco from Tanzania raised $775 to fund brain surgery.

Bosco
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  • $775 raised, $0 to go
$775
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$0
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Fully funded
Bosco's treatment was fully funded on November 29, 2016.

Photo of Bosco post-operation

February 2, 2017

Bosco underwent successful brain surgery.

Surgeons performed a shunt insertion to drain the fluid from his brain. This procedure reduced the pressure in his head and allowed him to hold his head up independently.

Bosco’s mother says, “I am so happy to see my child able to sit up and look around. It’s amazing to see him getting stronger.”

Surgeons performed a shunt insertion to drain the fluid from his brain. This procedure reduced the pressure in his head and allowed him to h...

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October 31, 2016

Bosco is a two-year-old boy from Tanzania. At six months of age, his mother noticed his head increasing in size. He became irritable, vomited regularly, and had difficulty sleeping at night. Medication provided by local hospitals did nothing to alleviate Bosco’s symptoms. Finally, his mother traveled for two days to visit our medical partner’s hospital, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre.

Bosco was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain. On November 7, doctors performed a shunt insertion to drain the fluid and reduce the pressure on his brain.

Bosco’s mother, a single mother, farms to make a living. She works hard to feed and clothe her children and to send them to school, but she is unable to cover the cost of healthcare. She needs help to fund this $775 procedure.

“God will bless you for helping my child get treatment,” she says.

Bosco is a two-year-old boy from Tanzania. At six months of age, his mother noticed his head increasing in size. He became irritable, vomite...

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Bosco's Timeline

  • October 31, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Bosco was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • November 14, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Bosco's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 29, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Bosco's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 1, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Bosco received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC) in Tanzania. 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 2, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Bosco's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

Treatment
Hydrocephalus alone
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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