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Joseph from Tanzania raised $1,300 to fund hydrocephalus treatment.

Joseph
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  • $1,300 raised, $0 to go
$1,300
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Joseph's treatment was fully funded on October 20, 2020.

Photo of Joseph post-operation

November 9, 2020

Joseph underwent hydrocephalus treatment.

Joseph surgery went well and he had a successful surgery that has helped relieve him of the pressure that was building inside his head. The fluid accumulation was making his head increase in size and putting him in danger of brain damage. Through this surgery Joseph’s head has now stopped increasing in size, the fevers he was having are now gone, and he is getting back to good health as days go by.

Joseph’s mother shared, “My family and I want to take this chance to say thank you very much, you have been of great support and help throughout our son’s treatment. He is now doing so well and all thanks to you. God bless you.”

Joseph surgery went well and he had a successful surgery that has helped relieve him of the pressure that was building inside his head. The ...

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October 12, 2020

Joseph is a 10-month-old baby boy and the last born in his family to his mother who has eight other children. His father is polygamous with two wives, and the second wife has five children making them a large family of fourteen children. Four children in his family have been able to join school, but the rest have not had a chance to join yet.

Joseph’s older siblings who do not go to school help their parents look after their herd of five cows and five goats. Both parents depend on small-scale farming of maize, beans and vegetables for their food and are able to sell a goat once in a while to be able to get money to buy other commodities.

Joseph was born at home earlier this year with the help of midwives since their nearest local hospital is a long distance from home. At birth , the midwives noticed Joseph had a swell with an open wound along his spine and advised his parents to take Joseph to hospital and seek medical care. They were able to get a small amount of money and took Joseph to a local hospital where he had his wound dressed and were referred to Watsi’s Medical Partner ALMC Hospital. At the hospital, Joseph’s parents were informed that their son would need to undergo surgery to help correct his Spina Bifida. Without treatment Josep was in danger of getting his spine infected, which could lead to him losing limb movement making him permanently disabled or even lead to death in case of a serious infection. Through Watsi donors’ incredible support, Joseph was able to have this life-saving surgery. Unfortunately, he has since acquired hydrocephalus which is putting him in danger of brain damage due to the fluids accumulating in his head, increasing head size and pressure. His parents cannot afford the treatment cost thus they are asking for help.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,300 to cover the cost of surgery for Joseph that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on October 12th and will drain the excess fluid from Joseph’s brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life now and in the future. With proper treatment, Joseph will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy.

Joseph’s mother says, “After my son had his first surgery he was so well, but now his head is increasing in size and he is vomiting a lot accompanied with fevers. Please help save my baby.”

Joseph is a 10-month-old baby boy and the last born in his family to his mother who has eight other children. His father is polygamous with ...

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Joseph's Timeline

  • October 12, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 12, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Joseph 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.

  • October 12, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Joseph's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 20, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Joseph's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 9, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Joseph. Read the update.

Funded by 28 donors

Funded by 28 donors

Treatment
Hydrocephalus - ETV Insertion
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $1,300 for Joseph's treatment
Hospital Fees
$991
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$51
Supplies
$35
Labs
$111
Other
$112

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