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Success! Blessing from Kenya raised $685 to fund brain surgery.

Blessing
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Fully funded
Blessing's treatment was fully funded on April 19, 2017.

Photo of Blessing post-operation

March 10, 2017

Blessing underwent brain surgery.

Blessing had a successful surgery to drain the excess fluid from her head. This procedure helped stabilize her intracranial pressure, minimizing the risk of brain damage and other complications.

“I am overjoyed by your recent generosity. Thank you for your donation towards my daughter’s surgical care,” says Blessing’s mother.

Blessing had a successful surgery to drain the excess fluid from her head. This procedure helped stabilize her intracranial pressure, minimi...

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January 19, 2017

Blessing is a five-month-old baby girl from Kenya who lives with her parents. Her mother is a housewife, and her father does casual day tasks to earn an income for their family.

When Blessing was one month old, her head began growing at a rapid rate. Her parents took her to a local hospital, where she was referred to our medical partner’s care center, Bethany Kids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH). At BKKH, Blessing was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain. She was recommended for a shunt insertion surgery to drain the fluid.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is asking for $685 to cover the cost of hospital stay, medication, and lab fees. Blessing’s surgery will help eliminate the pressure on her brain, giving her the ability to live a long, healthy life.

Blessing is a five-month-old baby girl from Kenya who lives with her parents. Her mother is a housewife, and her father does casual day task...

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Blessing's Timeline

  • January 19, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Blessing was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • January 20, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Blessing 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.

  • January 23, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Blessing's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 10, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Blessing's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 19, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Blessing's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 19 donors

Funded by 19 donors

Treatment
Hydrocephalus - Shunt
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $685 for Blessing'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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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Phyo Ko

Phyo Ko is a 33-year-old man. He lives with his wife, son and daughter in Mae Tao Village in Thailand. Originally from across the border in Burma, he moved to Thailand in search of better job opportunities in 2009. Phyo Ko’s wife is a homemaker and their children are too young to attend school. Phyo Ko works as a construction day labourer and he earns 350 baht (approx. 11.67 USD) per day. However, recently he has not been able to work frequently because of pain in his left thigh. In the beginning of 2021, Phyo Ko and his friend were working at a construction site in Mae Sot. While working, the scaffolding fell onto his left hand and his left thigh. After the accident, his hand and his thigh started to hurt. Once he applied oil made from traditional medicine to his hand and thigh, the pain stopped. One month after the accident, his lower left thigh became swollen and a mass appeared above his knee on the front of his thigh. A doctor at Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) performed a physical examination and told him that there was nothing wrong with his thigh and did not give him any medication. Once he went home, Phyo Ko continued to apply the oil made from traditional medicine on his thigh. However, the mass did not disappear. When his mass started to increase in size a few months later, his wife told him to go back to the hospital. When Phyo Ko went back to the hospital, there were no doctors available to see him in the outpatient department because of an increase of COVID-19 cases in the Mae Sot. He went home and continued to apply oil even though he felt it was not helping him. Over the last few weeks the pain in his thigh worsened and now he can no longer work. Doctors want Phyo Ko to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose his condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Phyo Ko's CT scan and care, scheduled for April 29th. Phyo Ko said, “I would like to recover quickly because I cannot work since I suffer from this disease. Now, my family has no income and I am worried that I will not be able to support my family anymore.” In his free time, Phyo Ko likes to play with his children. “When I recover, I will work hard to pay back my debt to the neighbours we borrowed the money from. I want to live with my family for a long time and I want to support my family,” he said.

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