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Catherine from Tanzania raised $1,238 to fund hydocephalus treatment.

Catherine
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  • $1,238 raised, $0 to go
$1,238
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Catherine's treatment was fully funded on May 22, 2020.
May 22, 2020

Catherine did not receive hydocephalus treatment.

Our Medical Partner just shared an update with us that Catherine’s surgery is not going to go forward at this time. Catherine’s parents are concerned about moving forward with treatment and do not want to go ahead with the planned surgery. Their family will continue to be in touch with the medical team as they consider next steps for treatment. We have decided to close this case so that other patients can receive support.

Our Medical Partner just shared an update with us that Catherine's surgery is not going to go forward at this time. Catherine’s parents are ...

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April 27, 2020

Catherine is a 17-year-old student from Tanzania, the youngest in her family of three children. She is currently in Form Four and hoping to graduate secondary school this year. She is a shy but bright young girl.

Catherine’s father is a construction worker and her mother owns a shop at their home where she sells day-to-day household stuff.

Catherine has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Catherine has been experiencing headaches for the past two weeks continuously. She was originally taken to the hospital and was tested for a UTI and malaria but found to have nothing wrong. Her headaches got more severe, followed by vomiting and irritability and could not control her urination. Her family was told to do a CT scan test but the surgeons were not satisfied with the results and needed to do an MRI. The MRI showed that there is build up of CSF fluids causing pressure in her brain and the doctors shared that Catherine needs surgery as soon as possible. Without treatment, Catherine will experience severe physical and developmental delays.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,238 to cover the cost of surgery for Catherine to treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 29th and will drain the excess fluid from Catherine’s brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Catherine will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl.

Catherine says, “I would really like to get better and continue with school. Please help me get well.”

Catherine is a 17-year-old student from Tanzania, the youngest in her family of three children. She is currently in Form Four and hoping to ...

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Catherine's Timeline

  • April 27, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Catherine was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • April 28, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Catherine's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 29, 2020
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Catherine 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.

  • May 22, 2020
    FUNDING ENDED

    Catherine is no longer raising funds.

  • May 22, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Catherine's treatment did not happen. Read the update.

Funded by 24 donors

Funded by 24 donors

Treatment
Hydrocephalus - ETV Insertion
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $1,238 for Catherine's treatment
Hospital Fees
$991
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$51
Supplies
$35
Labs
$111
Other
$50

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