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Success! Rebecca from Tanzania raised $1,300 to fund an ETV insertion to treat her hydrocephalus.

Rebecca
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Fully funded
Rebecca's treatment was fully funded on March 7, 2021.

Photo of Rebecca post-operation

March 9, 2021

Rebecca underwent an ETV insertion to treat her hydrocephalus.

Rebecca underwent a successful ETV surgery that helped relieve her of the pressure build-up in her head due to her hydrocephalus condition, which could have caused brain damage. She is currently recovering well and in stable condition. Once she fully heals, the doctors shared that she’ll be able to lead a full, normal life.

Rebecca’s mother shared, “Thank you for coming in and helping make my daughter’s surgery possible because we were stuck and had no means of paying for the surgery. God bless you. ”

Rebecca underwent a successful ETV surgery that helped relieve her of the pressure build-up in her head due to her hydrocephalus condition, ...

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January 24, 2021

Rebecca is a 1-year-old girl from Tanzania. She is the last born in a family of two children and has started to grow into a strong and beautiful girl. Both of her parents depend on small scale farming to support their family.

Rebecca was initially brought to the hospital by her parents seeking treatment to help correct her spina bifida condition. Spina bifida is a birth defect that occurs when the spine and spinal cord fail to form properly. This puts a child in danger of limb paralyses or death in case of a severe infection. At the time, Rebecca’s parents could not afford the proposed surgery. Luckily, one of their friends advised them to seek help at our medical partner’s care center, ALMC Plaster House. Through Watsi funding, Rebecca’s life was saved and she has been growing well since then.

However, a few weeks ago, Rebecca’s mother noticed her daughter’s head was increasing in size at a very fast rate and she was complaining of headaches. Her parents had worked hard to save some money and got a health insurance card for their baby, so they decided to take her to the hospital to seek treatment. There, Rebecca was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. She needs to have an ETV surgery that will help relieve her of the pressure build-up, which would otherwise lead to brain damage. Unfortunately, their insurance has not matured enough to cover this kind of major surgery, so Rebecca’s parents are appealing for financial support to help her.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,300 to cover the cost of surgery for Rebecca that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 25th and will drain the excess fluid from Rebecca’s brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Rebecca will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl.

Rebecca’s mother shared, “My daughter’s head is increasing in size and it is making her sick. She needs surgery but the insurance we got for her cannot cover the cost. Please help once more if it is possible because we don’t know where to run to for help besides all of you.”

Rebecca is a 1-year-old girl from Tanzania. She is the last born in a family of two children and has started to grow into a strong and beaut...

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Rebecca's Timeline

  • January 24, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Rebecca was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • January 25, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Rebecca received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC) in Tanzania. 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 26, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Rebecca's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 7, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Rebecca's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 9, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Rebecca's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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

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