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Success! Saitabau from Tanzania raised $765 to fund hydrocephalus treatment.

Saitabau
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Saitabau's treatment was fully funded on July 26, 2020.

Photo of Saitabau post-operation

August 27, 2020

Saitabau underwent hydrocephalus treatment.

Saitabau had a successful surgery after his previous surgery failed to regulate the fluids that were causing his head to continue increasing in size. He had become irritable, started vomiting and experienced uncontrollable seizures. Through this surgery, Saitabau is now stable. The seizures are now under control and he is recovering well.

Saitabau’s mother shared, “Thank you very much for coming in and helping my son get treated for the second time after his condition started worsening. He is now doing well and I am very grateful for all your help and support.”

Saitabau had a successful surgery after his previous surgery failed to regulate the fluids that were causing his head to continue increasing...

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July 7, 2020

Saitabau is an 8-month-old baby from Tanzania. Saitabau is an only child to his parents who depend on livestock keeping for meeting their day to day basic needs. Saitabau received his first surgery for spina bifida and hydrocephalus in December 2019 and a follow-up in March 2020 as his head was still growing rapidly, he was having seizures, was vomiting frequently and was irritable. He now needs another surgery to reduce the pressure that is building up and replace the ETV that helps regulate the fluid going to his brain.

Saitabau has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. Without treatment, Saitabau will experience severe physical and developmental delays.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $765 to cover the cost of surgery for Saitabau that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 8th and will drain the excess fluid from Saitabau’s brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Saitabau will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy.

Saitabau’s mother says, “I am very grateful for your help during all this time that my son has been sick. Please help him again so that he may get better. Thank you so much.”

Saitabau is an 8-month-old baby from Tanzania. Saitabau is an only child to his parents who depend on livestock keeping for meeting their da...

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Saitabau's Timeline

  • July 7, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Saitabau was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • July 08, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Saitabau 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.

  • July 08, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Saitabau's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 26, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Saitabau's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 27, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Saitabau's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Treatment
Hydrocephalus alone
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $765 for Saitabau's treatment
Hospital Fees
$511
Medical Staff
$20
Medication
$51
Supplies
$35
Labs
$111
Other
$37
  • 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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