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

Jessie
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  • $685 raised, $0 to go
$685
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Jessie's treatment was fully funded on January 8, 2018.

Photo of Jessie post-operation

September 28, 2017

Jessie underwent brain surgery.

Jessie’s surgery to drain the excess fluid was successful. The treatment has eliminated the risk of increasing head circumference and prevented brain damage.

“I really appreciate the help accorded towards my son’s surgical care. May God bless you,” says Jessie’s mother.

Jessie’s surgery to drain the excess fluid was successful. The treatment has eliminated the risk of increasing head circumference and preven...

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September 6, 2017

Jessie is a two-month-old from Kenya. He’s the only son to his mother. He was born with spina bifida, a spinal birth defect, and hydrocephalus, a build-up of fluid around the brain. He received spina bifida closure though Watsi support on the August 23, and on September 7, Jessie will undergo hydrocephalus treatment.

To help fund the treatment, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), requests $685. This will help cover various expenses including hospital supplies, five nights at the hospital, lab procedures, and medication.

Jessie’s mother says, “I have hope that my son will get well after this his second surgery. I trust in God. Help me raise funds.”

Jessie is a two-month-old from Kenya. He's the only son to his mother. He was born with spina bifida, a spinal birth defect, and hydrocephal...

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Jessie's Timeline

  • September 6, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 13, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Jessie 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.

  • September 19, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Jessie's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 28, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Jessie's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 08, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Jessie's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

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