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Success! Musa from Tanzania raised $775 for brain surgery.

Musa
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$775
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Fully funded
Musa's treatment was fully funded on August 8, 2016.

Photo of Musa post-operation

August 30, 2016

Musa received successful brain surgery.

Musa is doing great. He was diagnosed with hydrocephalus and a shunt was inserted successfully and it is functioning well. Musa is showing great improvements. From a laying position, he can now lift himself to a sitting position. He is also able to stand up with support.

“I cannot begin to explain the joy that I feel,” Musa’s mother shared. “My son is improving very well. The fact that he tries to take baby steps while holding on to something gives me hope that he will eventually be able to walk. I am truly grateful for the huge financial support; my son will go to school.”

Musa is doing great. He was diagnosed with hydrocephalus and a shunt was inserted successfully and it is functioning well. Musa is showing g...

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July 5, 2016

Meet Musa, a cute, four-year-old boy from a loving family in Tanzania. He is a happy and active boy, who loves to talk and ask many questions. At home, he enjoys playing with cars and playing balls with his little brother.

Musa was a healthy boy growing normally until the age of five months. After a bout of pneumonia, Musa began to have a growth on his head that was slowly increasing. When Musa’s parents failed to take their son for treatment, his acquired hydrocephalus grew and continues to grow to this day. Without surgical intervention, the swelling will place extreme pressure on his brain, resulting in vomiting, dizziness, blindness, and cognitive impairment.

Because his mother works as a small-time farmer and his father is an evangelist, they are unable to provide financial means for Musa’s medical treatment. $775 will cover costs for a shunt to be surgically inserted. This shunt will redirect the buildup of cerebrospinal fluid in Musa’s skull and prevent further brain damage which can cause blindness. With rehabilitation and medicine, Musa will be healthy and strong again.

Musa’s mother shares, “It hurts to hear my son asking to be taken to school and for me to be unable to do so. I hope he will gain the ability to walk, so that he can walk to school like the other children.”

Meet Musa, a cute, four-year-old boy from a loving family in Tanzania. He is a happy and active boy, who loves to talk and ask many question...

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Musa's Timeline

  • July 5, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Musa was submitted by Esupat Kimerei, Rehab Surgery Project Assistant Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • July 6, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Musa 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.

  • August 5, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Musa's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 8, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Musa's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 30, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Musa's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 21 donors

Funded by 21 donors

Treatment
Hydrocephalus alone
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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