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Megan from Tanzania raised $1,238 to fund hydrocephalus treatment.

  • $1,238 raised, $0 to go
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Megan's treatment was fully funded on March 5, 2020.
March 3, 2020

Megan underwent hydrocephalus treatment but suffered complications.

We just received an update from our medical partner on Megan that we want to share with you. Megan arrived for hydrocephalus treatment in very critical condition and had to be admitted immediately. She had an EVD (external ventricular drain) placed to reduce the built up pressure in her skull. The surgeon could not proceed to place an ETV or a shunt as planned because her CSF was not clear. When she was stable for surgery, Megan had an ETV placed but, unfortunately, she passed away from cardiopulmonary failure in the hospital ward as she was continuing with close observation.

Megan’s mother shared, “Thank you for everything you did to try and save my baby’s life, unfortunately she didn’t make it. May she rest in peace.’’ Our hearts go out to Megan’s family.

We just received an update from our medical partner on Megan that we want to share with you. Megan arrived for hydrocephalus treatment in ve...

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January 26, 2020

Megan is a baby from Tanzania. She is a last born child in her family of four children, and was born with her twin brother. Megan’s mother is a stay home mom and her father is an office assistant. They have health insurance which covered her first surgery but the insurance company is now refusing to cover more surgeries that Megan needs.

Megan 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, Megan has been experiencing vomiting, irritability and an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, Megan 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 Megan that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 27th and will drain the excess fluid from Megan’s brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life.

With proper treatment, Megan will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Megan’s mother says, “Please help my daughter get this treatment so that she may be able to live.”

Megan is a baby from Tanzania. She is a last born child in her family of four children, and was born with her twin brother. Megan's mother i...

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Megan's Timeline

  • January 26, 2020

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

  • January 27, 2020

    Megan 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.

  • January 29, 2020

    Megan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 03, 2020

    We received an update on Megan. Read the update.

  • March 05, 2020

    Megan's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 16 donors

Funded by 16 donors

Hydrocephalus - ETV Insertion
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $1,238 for Megan's treatment
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Moe is a 31-year-old woman from Thailand. She lives with her husband and four-year-old son in Mae La Refugee Camp (MLRC) in Tha Song Yang District of Tak Province. She has lived there for 20 years after her parents moved from Bilin Township, Bago Division in Burma because of the civil war. Moe is a homemaker who does all the household chores while her husband is a farmer who works on rented land outside of the camp, where he plants corn and beans. To make some extra income, Moe also sells snacks from home. Their combined income is enough to cover basic family expenses. As for healthcare, they receive free basic care in the camp provided by International Rescue Committee (IRC). A few months ago, Moe started to feel a mass in her lower abdomen while she was lying down after eating dinner. She thought it was strange and told her neighbor about it the next day. Her neighbor told her that this was normal for someone gaining weight, which she suggested Moe was. Upon hearing this, she did not seek treatment, agreeing with her neighbor’s conclusion. However, she soon felt that the mass was increasing in size, which did not seem normal. On February 13th, 2020, she decided it was time to go to the clinic in the camp for further investigation. The medic at the camp examined to her and told her that she likely had a cyst in her lower abdomen, but they could not diagnose her further. The medic informed the doctor at the camp and the doctor discussed the situation with IRC staff, who then referred Moe to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) for further investigation. She was referred to MSH on February 17th for an ultrasound. Upon going to MSH, doctors performed an ultrasound and told her that she has a mass in her uterus. Since the mass was already large, however, the ultrasound did not show a clear result whether the mass was outside or inside her uterus. For this reason, the doctor recommended a computed tomography (CT) scan on February 25th. Moe returned home and came back to MSH for the CT scan according to the appointment date. On the day of the scan, she also received a blood test and urine test before being informed that she would have to come back on February 27th to get the results. When she returned, the doctor explained to her that there is a large tumor in her right ovary and that she needs surgery to remove it, followed by a tissue biopsy to confirm whether the growth is cancerous. Currently, Moe has a burning pain in her lower right abdomen. Sometimes the pain gets worse, which makes it difficult for her sleep or eat well. For this reason, she said that she lost her appetite and weight. When she eats, she feels discomfort as her stomach becomes tight and full, even she eats very little. She feels like the mass is gradually getting bigger and she feels more comfortable lying down instead of sitting or walking. Moe sought treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. She is now scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on March 24th and is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Moe said, “Both my husband and I became worried when we heard that there was mass in my uterus. We worry that my whole uterus might need to be removed and we will no longer be able to have more children. Now, the doctor told me that only the tumor will be removed and that I most likely will be able to have children in the future. Me and my husband want to have one or two more children, so we were very happy when we heard that my uterus would not to be removed.”

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