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Success! Maria from Tanzania raised $1,238 to fund hydrocephalus treatment.

Maria
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  • $1,238 raised, $0 to go
$1,238
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Maria's treatment was fully funded on December 13, 2019.

Photo of Maria post-operation

January 10, 2020

Maria underwent hydrocephalus treatment.

Maria had a successful surgery that has helped release the pressure that was building up in her head due to the fluids that were accumulating in her skull. The fluids were increasing her head size and putting her in danger of brain damage. Through this treatment, the pressure has been released and she is recovering well, even her feeding has improved so much.

Maria’s mother says, “Thank you very much for all the help and support in treating my daughter, she is doing well.”

Maria had a successful surgery that has helped release the pressure that was building up in her head due to the fluids that were accumulatin...

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December 9, 2019

Maria is a beautiful four month old baby from Tanzania who came to our hospital when she just five days old. She is the last born child in a family of five children.

Maria was born at home through the help of midwives. This was because the nearest clinic was a long distance from home and Maria’s father was not at home. Soon the midwives informed Maria’s mother that their daughter had a problem with her back and head. This brought panic to her mother and without money, they had to wait for her husband to return. When Maria’s father arrived and saw her condition he had some money with him from selling two of their goats. They depend solely on livestock keeping and small scale farming for their living. 

The family took her to our ALMC hospital where she was diagnosed with Spina Bifida, hydrocephalus and encephalocele. She has received surgery for Spinal Bifida to save her from getting an infection on the spine that could lead her not to be able to walk or lead to death. She now needs another surgery to help correct the hydrocephalus condition. Her parents are asking for help.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,238 to cover the cost of surgery for Maria that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on December 10th and will drain the excess fluid from Maria’s brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Maria will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl.

Maria is a beautiful four month old baby from Tanzania who came to our hospital when she just five days old. She is the last born child in a...

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Maria's Timeline

  • December 9, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 11, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Maria 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.

  • December 11, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Maria's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 13, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Maria's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 10, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Maria's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

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

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86% funded

86%funded
$1,054raised
$170to go
Komugisha

Komugisha is a 46-year-old mother of two from Uganda. Her oldest is 21 years old and her youngest is 14 years old and in secondary school. Komugisha is a second wife to her husband who is a casual laborer at national teachers’ college in Uganda. She shared that he offers minimal support to her and their children so Komugisha stays with her parents. In 2006, Komugisha had a c-section delivery for her last born and said that she has been in pain and had challenges since that time. Due to severe pain, she has stopped her usual duties of managing her small bar and hotel and currently stays home feeling helpless, she says. She came to Rushoroza Hospital to seek medical advice. At Rushoroza, Komugisha presented with a long-standing history of lower abdominal pains and reports to have several treatments with no improvement. If not treated, severe lower abdominal pains will continue to affect her quality of life negatively. She has been diagnosed with chronic pelvic inflammatory disease and needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $228 to fund Komugisha's surgery. On October 14th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Komugisha will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and her quality of life will improve. Komugisha says, “I pray that I may get the required treatment soon because I am in severe pain; I can no longer carry out my survival duties normally. Given the opportunity, I will resume my small hotel and bar as soon as possible.”

21% funded

21%funded
$50raised
$178to go

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