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Success! Delvina from Tanzania raised $1,300 to fund brain surgery.

Delvina
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  • $1,300 raised, $0 to go
$1,300
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Delvina's treatment was fully funded on March 27, 2021.

Photo of Delvina post-operation

April 19, 2021

Delvina received life-saving brain surgery.

Delvina received a successful brain surgery, which relieved her of the pressure build-up in her head. Delvina is no longer in danger of brain damage and is also no longer suffering the fevers she endured because of her hydrocephalus condition.

Delvina’s mother shared, “Thank you very much for funding and treating my daughter. She is recovering well and showing great improvement since she had the surgery. God bless you.”

Delvina received a successful brain surgery, which relieved her of the pressure build-up in her head. Delvina is no longer in danger of brai...

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February 7, 2021

Delvina is an eleven month old baby girl from Tanzania and the youngest of three children in her family. Her parents grow maize and vegetables for the family to eat and sell. Delvina was born a healthy child though her delivery was complicated and after three days at the hospital her family returned home happily with their newborn baby.

At six months, Delvina started getting fevers and falling ill often. Their family tried to seek treatment at a local hospital but most of the medication they were using only relieved her for some time. At eleven months, Delvina could not sit by herself nor support the weight of her head and was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. She needs to undergo an endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) procedure, a surgery to drain the excess cerebrospinal fluid and relieve her of the pressure build-up in her head. This procedure will save her from brain damage and give her a chance to grow and develop like other children. Without treatment, Delvina will experience severe physical and developmental delays.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,300 to cover the cost of surgery for Delvina that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 8th and will drain the excess fluid from Delvina’s brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Delvina will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl.

Delvina’s mother says: “I would love to see my daughter grow up like her other siblings but for her to have that chance she has to have this needed surgery.”

Delvina is an eleven month old baby girl from Tanzania and the youngest of three children in her family. Her parents grow maize and vegetabl...

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Delvina's Timeline

  • February 7, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 8, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Delvina 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 10, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Delvina's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 27, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Delvina's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 19, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Delvina's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 36 donors

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

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Samuel

Samuel is a 53-year-old fisherman. He is a father of two children aged 18 and 16 years old. He separated from his wife 5 years ago, and has been taking care of the children since the separation. In December 2020, Samuel was pricked by a poisonous thorn on his foot, which left a wound running from his foot to ankle that has become severely infected. He is in pain and unable to walk comfortably. The wound threatens his mobility and could result in amputation if not urgently attended to. Initially, Samuel tried treating the wound with herbs, but there was no improvement. He visited a nearby mission facility for a checkup and dressing, where doctors treated and washed the wound, but it continued to worsen. On April 1st, Samuel was driven by a well-wisher to our medical partner's care center Kijabe Hospital and upon review, doctors recommended an urgent debridement and skin grafting surgery. However, the cost of care is difficult for Samuel to afford. He had been depending on support from the local missionaries to pay for his previous medical bills and medication. Samuel appeals for financial support. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Samuel receive treatment. On April 2nd, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to clean off the wound and prevent further infection. Now, Samuel needs help to fund this $1,185 procedure. Samuel shared, “This wound is worsening by the day. I currently limp but I might lose the leg if I don’t get some surgical intervention. My fishing venture cannot even pay for the surgery.”

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72%funded
$858raised
$327to go

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