Meet another patient

Watsi logo blueWatsi

Success! Abubakar from Kenya raised $685 to fund hydrocephalus treatment.

Abubakar
100%
  • $685 raised, $0 to go
$685
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Abubakar's treatment was fully funded on September 1, 2017.

Photo of Abubakar post-operation

July 31, 2017

Abubakar underwent hydrocephalus treatment.

Abubakar’s surgery to drain the excess fluid in his head was a success. The surgery has helped stabilize the pressure in his head, thereby minimizing the risk of brain damage and other complications.

Abubakr’s father says, “I will now enlighten my people when I get back home about accessing specialized treatment. I feel sorry that I made my son go through all the pain he did through traditional treatment. All in all we are grateful.”

Abubakar’s surgery to drain the excess fluid in his head was a success. The surgery has helped stabilize the pressure in his head, thereby m...

Read more
May 25, 2017

Abubakar is eight months old and is the youngest in a family with two children. Abubakar and his family live in a one-room rental house in Nairobi’s suburbs. His mother is a stay-at-home mom, while his father works on the assembly line at a mineral water company.

At four months of age, he was diagnosed with a condition known as hydrocephalus, a condition in which an excess of fluids builds up in the skull, causing the brain to swell.

Abubakar, an otherwise cheerful baby, has turned irritable due to the increased intra-cranial pressure from the fluid in his brain. If he does not get treated, he will be at risk of impaired vision, delayed development, permanent brain damage, and even death.

At birth, Abubakar looked normal and was able to feed well. Four months later, his mother noticed his head growing at an abnormally fast rate compared with his body. Alarmed by this, Abubakar’s parents took him for a traditional Kenyan treatment that is alleged to keep the head from growing too big. The treatment involves dipping a wooden stick in hot oil and placing it on directly on the baby’s head. Abubakar went through this treatment twice.

“We burnt his head severely, but it has not helped a thing,” says Abubakar’s mother.

Naturally, the treatment did not stop the head from growing and only left the baby with conspicuous lesions all over the skull. At this point, Abubakar’s grandmother suggested that the family seek specialized treatment.

The family went to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, where they sought the advice of a neuro-specialist. The specialist recommended that Abubakar have surgery to drain the fluid from his brain. His surgery is scheduled for May 26.

Abubakar’s parents’ combined income is barely enough to cover daily expenses, let alone any costly medical procedures. However, the family was able to raise $52 to go towards the surgery. Our medical partner is requesting $685 to help fund the surgery.

After surgery, Abubakar will be able to grow normally and be free from his condition.

Abubakar is eight months old and is the youngest in a family with two children. Abubakar and his family live in a one-room rental house in N...

Read more

Abubakar's Timeline

  • May 25, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Abubakar was submitted by Maya Murao, Fellow at African Mission Healthcare.

  • May 26, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Abubakar 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.

  • June 8, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Abubakar's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 31, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Abubakar's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 1, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Abubakar's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

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

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.