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Success! Saitabau from Tanzania raised $1,238 a shunt replacement for hydrocephalus.

Saitabau
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  • $1,238 raised, $0 to go
$1,238
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Saitabau's treatment was fully funded on May 26, 2020.
February 29, 2020

Saitabau is a 4-month-old baby from Tanzania. He is the only child to his parents who depend on livestock keeping for their living and their income is very little to get them by.

Saitabau 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, Saitabau has been experiencing an increasing head circumference and irritability. Without treatment, Saitabau will experience severe physical and developmental delays.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,238 to cover the cost of surgery for Saitabau that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 2nd and will drain the excess fluid from Saitabau’s brain and replace the previous insertion that is blocked. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Saitabau will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy.

Saitabau’s mother says, “My son had gotten better but now he is sick again please help him get another surgery.”

Saitabau is a 4-month-old baby from Tanzania. He is the only child to his parents who depend on livestock keeping for their living and their...

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Saitabau's Timeline

  • February 29, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 02, 2020
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Saitabau 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.

  • March 02, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Saitabau's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 26, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Saitabau's treatment was fully funded.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Saitabau's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.

Treatment
Hydrocephalus - ETV Insertion
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $1,238 for Saitabau's treatment
Hospital Fees
$991
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$51
Supplies
$35
Labs
$111
Other
$50

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Natukunda

Natukunda is a teenager who had to drop out of school after 6th grade due to lack of school fees. His parents separated when he was very young and he has been raised by his grandmother. Having dropped out of school, he decided to find employment in Rukungiri town; first taking care of animal farms and later working in a rice plantation. In January 2019, Natukunda developed a small swelling on his right iliac fossa. The swelling kept on expanding as time went on. He decided to leave everything he was doing in Rukungiri and returned home to his grandmother's house. Due to his persistent pain, Natukunda could no longer work. He did not seek medical attention anywhere due to lack of money, but his uncle found out about his situation and decided to bring him to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Rushoroza Hospital to seek medical advice. At Rushoroza Hospital, Natukunda presented with a long-standing history of on and off right inguinal scrotal swelling and if not treated through herniorrhaphy, it may get obstructed, strangulated and gangrenous. Natukunda’s father lives in Mitiyana district and works in a tea factory but does not provide support to him. His mother runs a small bar of beers, sodas, and a few other soft drinks in Muhanga, and she tries to support him once in a while. Natukunda says, “I will be able to do any income-generating activity such as being a porter on construction sites, farming, and many others jobs after my treatment. I will be able to take care of myself again.”

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