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Margaret from Kenya raised $980 to treat hydrocephalus.

Margaret
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  • $980 raised, $0 to go
$980
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$0
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Fully funded
Margaret's treatment was fully funded on September 25, 2015.

Photo of Margaret post-operation

October 9, 2015

Margaret received surgery to treat her hydrocephalus.

“Margaret’s surgery to drain the excess cerebrospinal fluid and prevent further build up of the fluid was successful,” shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation. “This treatment will help reduce the excessive pressure in the brain and prevent visual impairment.”

Margaret’s mother adds, “Thank you so much for everything you have done for Margaret and our family. We will cherish your generosity and kindness now and forever. Words cannot express our gratitude!”

"Margaret’s surgery to drain the excess cerebrospinal fluid and prevent further build up of the fluid was successful," shares our medical pa...

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September 6, 2015

“My focus is my love for my family and a hope for a cure,” says the mother of Margaret, a three-month-old girl who lives with her parents and sisters in Kenya.

Margaret came to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), with hydrocephalus. “Margaret has an enlarged head size [due to] an abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in her brain,” explains AMHF. This is causing increased intra-cranial pressure inside her skull.

“If not treated, Margaret’s head will progressively enlarge and eventually cause damage to her brain,” AMHF continues. Margaret is also likely to lose her sight and is at risk of premature death.

Treatment for Margaret is surgery to place a shunt in her brain. The shunt connects to a tube that runs under the skin and empties into an abdominal cavity, where the excess cerebrospinal fluid can be resorbed by the body.

Margaret’s mother is a domestic worker with long hours, and her father farms the family’s quarter of acre of land to grow food for the family. Despite their hard work, they earn just enough money to pay for school supplies and fees for Margaret’s sisters, and the harvest from their farmland barely feeds the whole family. Given their financial situation, they are not able to raise money to pay for Margaret’s surgery.

With $980 in funding, Margaret can undergo surgery to place the shunt and receive five days of hospital care after surgery. AMHF tells us, “Margaret’s surgery will help reduce the excessive pressure in the brain and prevent visual impairment.”

“We are determined to overcome this illness and not let it ruin her life,” says Margaret’s mother. Let’s help make that happen!

“My focus is my love for my family and a hope for a cure,” says the mother of Margaret, a three-month-old girl who lives with her parents an...

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Margaret's Timeline

  • September 6, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Margaret was submitted by Sarah Mwangi, Program Manager at African Mission Healthcare.

  • September 7, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Margaret received treatment. 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.

  • September 24, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Margaret's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 25, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    Margaret's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 9, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Margaret. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

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