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Angela
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Angela's treatment was fully funded on December 30, 2017.
February 13, 2018

Angela underwent brain surgery.

Angela had a successful shunt insertion to help drain the excess fluid and prevent brain stem compression.

When Angela was discharged, her parents borrowed money to cover the bill. The hospital has tried several times to reimburse the family, but they say that they would rather the funds be used on another patient. The hospital therefore did not need to be reimbursed for this treatment.

Angela had a successful shunt insertion to help drain the excess fluid and prevent brain stem compression. When Angela was discharged, he...

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July 12, 2017

Angela is a two-month-old baby girl from Kenya. Angela’s father sells brooms to make an income, and her mother stays at home to care for her.

Angela was born with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess fluid builds up in the brain. If left untreated, her condition can cause increased intracranial pressure, delayed brain development, and permanent brain damage.

On July 17, Angela will undergo brain surgery to drain the excess fluid from her head. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the total cost of Angela’s procedure and care.

“We want to have our child lead a normal life. We wish to see her grow as a normal child,” Angela’s father says.

Angela is a two-month-old baby girl from Kenya. Angela's father sells brooms to make an income, and her mother stays at home to care for her...

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Angela's Timeline

  • July 12, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 18, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Angela's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 28, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Angela received treatment at BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH) in Kenya. 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 30, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Angela's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 13, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Angela's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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