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Success! Baby of Magdalena from Tanzania raised $1,300 to fund a hydrocephalus treatment.

Baby of Magdalena
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  • $1,300 raised, $0 to go
$1,300
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Baby of Magdalena's treatment was fully funded on April 28, 2021.

Photo of Baby of Magdalena post-operation

April 2, 2021

Baby of Magdalena underwent a hydrocephalus treatment.

The baby of Magdalena has had a successful surgery that has helped relieve her of the pressure build-up that was putting her in danger of brain damage after developing hydrocephalus. She is currently stable and her family will be back for follow up visits to ensure she continues to be healthy. As a result of this surgery, the baby of Magdalena will no longer be at the risk of brain damage due to the pressure build-up and also she will be able to grow and develop well.

Magdalena shared, “You have all been of great help and assistance because through all your effort I see hope in my child’s life because she has now had two very important surgeries that have helped correct her spine and her head. God bless you all abundantly.”

The baby of Magdalena has had a successful surgery that has helped relieve her of the pressure build-up that was putting her in danger of br...

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February 14, 2021

Baby of Magdalena is a 1-month-old baby girl and the only child to her young parents. Both of her parents are small-scale farmers of maize and vegetables. Her father also seeks casual labour jobs on construction sites to help supplement their family’s income.

Baby of Magdalena was brought in as an emergency case seeking treatment at ALMC Hospital after being born with spina bifida and congenital malformation of her lower limbs. When she was delivered, the clinic doctors covered the spina bifida area with saline gauze, which led to wound contamination and put her at risk of infection.

Once she arrived at ALMC Hospital, Baby of Magdalena was scheduled for spina bifida repair to help save her life and ability to use her lower limbs. Given the urgency of her situation, she was able to get funding to cover this surgery, and it was successful in preventing infection. However, Baby of Magdalena has now developed hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. This could potentially cause brain damage and cause physical and developmental delays. Now, she needs to have ETV surgery, but her parents cannot afford the treatment cost due to financial challenges. They appeal for financial assistance.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,300 to cover the cost of surgery for Baby of Magdalena that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 15th and will drain the excess fluid from Baby of Magdalena’s brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Baby of Magdalena will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl.

Baby of Magdalena’s mother shared, “My baby’s head is increasing in size and she needs surgery, but we cannot get that amount of money. Please help us.”

Baby of Magdalena is a 1-month-old baby girl and the only child to her young parents. Both of her parents are small-scale farmers of maize a...

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Baby of Magdalena's Timeline

  • February 14, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Baby of Magdalena was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • February 15, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Baby of Magdalena received 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.

  • February 16, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Baby of Magdalena's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 2, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Baby of Magdalena's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 28, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Baby of Magdalena's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 29 donors

Funded by 29 donors

Treatment
Hydrocephalus - ETV Insertion
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $1,300 for Baby of Magdalena's treatment
Hospital Fees
$991
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$51
Supplies
$35
Labs
$111
Other
$112

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