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Success! Haikaeli from Tanzania raised $765 to fund hydrocephalus treatment.

Haikaeli
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$765
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Fully funded
Haikaeli's treatment was fully funded on December 27, 2021.

Photo of Haikaeli post-operation

February 10, 2022

Haikaeli underwent hydrocephalus treatment.

Our medical partner shared an update that Haikaeli had a successful surgery which has helped relieve her of the pressure build up in her head caused by fluid accumulation. Through this surgery, Haikaeli is no longer in pain and discomfort and her doctors are hopeful that her risk of brain damage has been greatly reduced.

Haikaeli’s mother shared, “It’s been a week since she had her surgery and I am seeing good changes because she is now eating well which is helping her gain her strength back. Thank you.”

Our medical partner shared an update that Haikaeli had a successful surgery which has helped relieve her of the pressure build up in her hea...

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December 13, 2021

Haikaeli is a 3-month-old baby and the last born child in a family of four children. Her parents are both small-scale farmers who depend entirely on what they harvest for their living. With the rains delayed in their region of Tanzania, food is becoming scarce and making life difficult.

Haikaeli 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, Haikaeli has been experiencing her head increasing in size significantly and as days go by her health keeps deteriorating. Without treatment, Haikaeli will experience severe physical and developmental delays.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $765 to cover the cost of surgery for Haikaeli that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on December 14th and will drain the excess fluid from Haikaeli’s brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Haikaeli will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl.

Haikaeli’s mother says “My daughter worsens as days go by, she cannot eat well anymore. Please help her.”

Haikaeli is a 3-month-old baby and the last born child in a family of four children. Her parents are both small-scale farmers who depend ent...

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Haikaeli's Timeline

  • December 13, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 14, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Haikaeli 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.

  • December 15, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Haikaeli's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 27, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Haikaeli's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 10, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Haikaeli's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Treatment
Hydrocephalus alone
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $765 for Haikaeli's treatment
Hospital Fees
$511
Medical Staff
$20
Medication
$51
Supplies
$35
Labs
$111
Other
$37
  • 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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