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Success! Brianna from Tanzania raised $765 to fund hydrocephalus treatment.

Brianna
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  • $765 raised, $0 to go
$765
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$0
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Fully funded
Brianna's treatment was fully funded on July 29, 2021.

Photo of Brianna post-operation

August 10, 2021

Brianna underwent hydrocephalus treatment.

Brianna’s hydrocephalus treatment surgery went well, helping relieve her of the pressure build up in her head that was being caused by cerebrospinal fluid accumulation after her first surgery failed. She is currently stable and recovering well. Through this surgery Brianna’s life is no longer at risk, and she has been saved from the danger of brain damage and severe developmental delays.

Brianna’s mother shared: “I pray that God blesses the work of your hands and that this treatment stays successful so that my baby can be ok.”

Brianna’s hydrocephalus treatment surgery went well, helping relieve her of the pressure build up in her head that was being caused by cereb...

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July 7, 2021

Brianna is a 6-month-old baby girl and the last born child to her single mother of two. Brianna was born a healthy, beautiful baby and experienced normal growth until she turned four months old. Brianna’s mother used to work at a salon as a hair dresser, but has been unable to return to work since Brianna was born. Their family depends mostly on relatives’ support to be able to make ends meet.

Brianna 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, Brianna has been experiencing regular fever and vomits every time she is breastfed. Her mother says at first she was concerned with how fast her head was growing because she outgrew her baby caps within a short period of time. Without treatment, Brianna will experience severe physical and developmental delays.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $765 to cover the cost of a follow-up surgery for Brianna that will help to treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 8th and will drain the excess fluid from Brianna’s brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Brianna will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl.

Brianna’s mother shared, “My baby was getting better after the surgery, but she is currently crying a lot and her head size is still increasing. Please help my baby have another surgery. I cannot afford it and neither can my family members. Thank you for your support.”

Brianna is a 6-month-old baby girl and the last born child to her single mother of two. Brianna was born a healthy, beautiful baby and exper...

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Brianna's Timeline

  • July 7, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Brianna was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • July 8, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Brianna 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.

  • July 12, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Brianna's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 29, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Brianna's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 10, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Brianna's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

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