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Simon from Tanzania raised $1,300 to fund hydrocephalus treatment.

  • $1,300 raised, $0 to go
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Simon's treatment was fully funded on December 1, 2020.
December 7, 2020

Simon underwent hydrocephalus treatment.

Our medical partner just shared an important update with us that we want to share with you. Due to Simon’s condition, his general health was very challenging because he couldn’t feed well and wasn’t growing or developing as his body needed. Before his surgery, the medical team assessed that he had infection so they placed an external ventricular drain to clear out his infection and when his condition improved, the team placed a VPS shunt to help drain the fluids that were putting pressure on his brain. After surgery, Simon’s condition was stable and was improving well. However, three days later, he got very sick and the medical team reports that he developed meningitis. His new shunt had to be removed and he was put back on external ventricular. He was given oxygen support as he was going through treatment with antibiotics. We are incredibly saddened to share that he was not able to overcome his serious condition and he passed away. Our hearts go out to his family during this very challenging time and we are grateful for all the support to give him the best shot at life as possible.

Our medical partner just shared an important update with us that we want to share with you. Due to Simon's condition, his general health was...

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September 6, 2020

Simon is a 3-month old baby boy from Tanzania and the only child to his parents. He was born healthy but when he was two months old he started having fevers and vomiting. His parents tried to seek treatment for him but the medication he was using only helped reduce the fevers. Soon his parents noticed his head was increasing in size and his general health became very poor due to the regular vomiting.

His parents depend on small-scale farming for a living and their income is not always enough to get them by. Due to financial challenges, Simon’s parents could not afford to take him to a referral hospital in time, hence his condition worsened. Through ALMC Hospital’s outreach program, they learned about Simon’s condition and the need for him to get treatment. Simon has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus which is putting him in danger of brain damage due to the pressure building up in his head, causing him not to be able to feed well and regular fevers. His parents cannot afford the treatment cost and are asking for help.

Simon has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Simon has been experiencing increasing head circumference, fevers and vomiting. Without treatment, Simon 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 Simon that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 7th and will drain the excess fluid from Simon’s brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Simon will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy.

Simon’s mother says, “My son’s head keeps increasing in size and his general health deteriorates as days go by, we are unable to afford the treatment cost. Please help us.”

Simon is a 3-month old baby boy from Tanzania and the only child to his parents. He was born healthy but when he was two months old he start...

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Simon's Timeline

  • September 6, 2020

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

  • September 7, 2020

    Simon's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 14, 2020

    Simon 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.

  • December 1, 2020

    Simon's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 7, 2020

    We received an update on Simon. Read the update.

Funded by 33 donors

Hydrocephalus - ETV Insertion
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $1,300 for Simon's treatment
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