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Success! Ezekiel from Tanzania raised $765 to fund a secondary hydrocephalus surgery.

Ezekiel
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Ezekiel's treatment was fully funded on September 20, 2020.
August 25, 2020

Ezekiel is a 7-month-old baby from Tanzania. His parents are both subsistence farmers and they keep a few goats. They depend on their small harvests to meet their day-to-day basic needs.

Ezekiel was born at a hospital, a healthy happy baby, but when Ezekiel reached one month old he started crying most nights, was taken to a local near by hospital and was immediately referred to a regional referral hospital where this stayed for three weeks on antibiotics and seizure control medications. Their family was then referred to Watsi’s Medical Partner Care Center ALMC for further neurological consultation.

At ALMC they were told that Ezekiel has a brain abscess that needs draining immediately, but Ezekiel’s parents could not afford surgery. They had already sold their land as they were being moved from hospital to hospital and on medication and tests done to diagnose him. Watsi’s partner ALMC-The Plaster House paid for Ezekiel’s first emergency surgery and he healed well and was discharged home.

A few weeks later Ezekiel started crying a lot, vomiting and experiencing seizures. Ezekiel’s mother rushed him to a near by local dispensary where they were told he needed to be seen by specialist doctors for further investigations. She brought him back to ALMC and he was diagnosed with acquired hydrocephalus, which is a result of inflammation of the ventricles in the brain secondary to the infection he had. This caused him to have obstructive hydrocephalus. Through Watsi donors support, he was able to have hydrocephalus surgery of ETV, which helped save him from having headaches, vomiting, and seizures that could have resulted in death.

His earlier treatment relieved the built up pressure on Ezekiel’s brain and prevented further brain damage. But now the ETV surgery need to be supplemented. He was rushed to hospital and has been schedule to have a VPS shunt insertion.

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

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $765 to cover the cost of surgery for Ezekiel that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on August 26th and will drain the excess fluid from Ezekiel’s brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Ezekiel will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy.

Ezekiel’s mother says, “All I wish is to see my son well and not going through all this suffering and pain he is going through. Please help my son.”

Ezekiel is a 7-month-old baby from Tanzania. His parents are both subsistence farmers and they keep a few goats. They depend on their small ...

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Ezekiel's Timeline

  • August 25, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 26, 2020
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Ezekiel was scheduled to receive 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.

  • August 27, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ezekiel's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 20, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ezekiel's treatment was fully funded.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Ezekiel's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.

Funded by 19 donors

Funded by 19 donors

Treatment
Hydrocephalus alone
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $765 for Ezekiel'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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Fred

Fred is a 28-year-old man who hails from the Uasin Gishu area in Kenya. He works as a waiter in a local hotel in his village. Fred is a husband and a father of three children aged between 8 years and 4 months. On October 10th, 2020, Fred was involved in a hit and run road traffic accident with a motorbike while heading home from work. He sustained a right tibia closed fracture and lacerations. Fred was brought by a good samaritan to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Kapsowar Hospital. His wounds were cleaned, a cast was applied, and he was admitted to the male surgical ward because he was unable to use or move his leg. Fred requires a nail implant surgery to correct the fracture and reduce chances of further complications such as healing with a malunion. The procedure will relieve him of pain and help him to walk normally again. Fred is worried about the struggles his family might face if he is not treated because he is the breadwinner of his family. Prior to his accident, he worked on farms until he was more recently employed at the hotel. His wife does not have a job and she mainly takes care of the children at home. Due to their limited income, they live in a single-room rental house. Fred is not able to meet the cost of surgery and thus appeals for financial assistance. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, can help. On October 15th, Fred will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. The surgery will help him walk easily again. Now, our medical partner is requesting $1,016 to fund this procedure. Fred shared, “I want to receive treatment and walk again so that I can be well and continue supporting my family.”

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