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Levis
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Levis's treatment was fully funded on June 27, 2017.

Photo of Levis post-operation

July 31, 2017

Levis underwent brain surgery.

Levis had a successful surgery to drain the excess fluid from his head. The shunt is functioning perfectly well. He has fully recovered without any complications.

“We cannot thank you enough nor express with words on how grateful we truly are. Levis is doing perfectly well now,” says Levis’s mother.

Levis had a successful surgery to drain the excess fluid from his head. The shunt is functioning perfectly well. He has fully recovered with...

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May 11, 2017

Levis is a nine-month-old boy from Kenya. He and his brother live with their mother and maternal grandparents. They’re a close-knit family of subsistence farmers.

Levis has congenital hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess fluid builds up in the brain, causing pressure and swelling in the skull. If untreated, the condition will lead to progressive enlargement of Levis’s head, as well as permanent brain damage, impaired vision, and even death.

Levis’s mother first knew that something wasn’t right last November. Suddenly, her once happy baby boy was becoming very irritable. A few weeks later, she started noticing that his head was growing abnormally fast. She tried giving him medication from the local dispensary, but nothing helped.

In April, a team of doctors from our medical partner’s care center identified Levis’s condition as hydrocephalus. They advised Levis’s mother to bring him to the hospital for treatment as soon as possible.

On May 12, Levis will have a shunt surgery to drain the fluid from his brain. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to fund the operation.

Levis’s mother is grateful to Watsi for supporting her son’s treatment. She says, “I am determined to overcome this illness and not let it ruin Levis’ life.”

Levis is a nine-month-old boy from Kenya. He and his brother live with their mother and maternal grandparents. They're a close-knit family o...

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Levis's Timeline

  • May 11, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Levis was submitted by Maya Murao, Fellow at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • May 12, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Levis 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.

  • June 7, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Levis's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 27, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Levis's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 31, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Levis's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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