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Success! Aurora from Kenya raised $980 for life-saving brain surgery.

Aurora
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Aurora's treatment was fully funded on January 6, 2016.

Photo of Aurora post-operation

January 19, 2016

Aurora received life-saving brain surgery.

“Aurora’s shunt insertion was successful. The treatment has stabilized her intra-cranial pressure minimizing the risk of life-threatening brain stem compression. Aurora is doing very well and is less irritable after the surgery,” explains our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation.

“When I was told that my daughter’s surgery would be paid for, all I could do was cry,” says Aurora’s mother. “You have helped so much and I just can’t thank you enough! Someday I will be in a better financial place and I will give back to this beautiful organization. Thank you thank you!!”

"Aurora’s shunt insertion was successful. The treatment has stabilized her intra-cranial pressure minimizing the risk of life-threatening br...

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November 19, 2015

Meet Aurora, an eight-month-old girl from Kenya. Aurora lives with her mother and grandparents, who sell vegetables to support the family.

“Aurora was born perfectly healthy,” says our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “But when she attained the age of one and a half months, her head began increasing in size.” Aurora’s swelling is caused by a condition called hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus is a condition in which an excess of cerebrospinal fluid builds up, creating heavily pressurized areas in the brain.

As Aurora grows and develops throughout her childhood, this condition could pose serious health complications, including vision loss and limited physical mobility.

For $980, Aurora will receive surgery in which a shunt will be placed in her head to reroute the cerebrospinal fluid to the abdomen, where it can be more easily absorbed. “Aurora’s surgery will help eliminate the pressure impacting her brain, and allow her to live a quality life,” says AMHF.

“Being a first time mother, Aurora’s condition came as shock to me,” shares her mother. “It pains me to hear Aurora’s excruciating cries especially at night, sometimes I wish her condition on me to keep that pain from her.”

Meet Aurora, an eight-month-old girl from Kenya. Aurora lives with her mother and grandparents, who sell vegetables to support the family. ...

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Aurora's Timeline

  • November 19, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Aurora was submitted by Beatrice Njoroge, Curative Medical Support Program Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • November 24, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Aurora received treatment at BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH) in Kenya. 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.

  • November 25, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Aurora's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 6, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Aurora's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 19, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Aurora's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 15 donors

Funded by 15 donors

Treatment
Hydrocephalus - Shunt
  • 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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