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Rehema from Kenya raised $980 to treat congenital hydrocephalus.

Rehema
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  • $980 raised, $0 to go
$980
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Fully funded
Rehema's treatment was fully funded on November 20, 2015.

Photo of Rehema post-operation

November 29, 2015

Rehema received successful treatment for congenital hydrocephalus.

“Rehema’s shunting surgery to help drain excess fluid exerting pressure on her brain was successful,” reports her doctor at African Mission Healthcare Foundation. “The treatment stabilized the intra-cranial pressure minimizing the risk of life-threatening brain stem compression. She is no longer vomiting and this has given her mother a great relief.”

“I was very worried for Rehema because I thought dehydration would get the better of her as she frequently vomited,” explains Rehema’s mother. “That has completely ceased and now I have a cheerful bright little angel by me.”

Her mother continues, “All this has been availed by your generous and kind act of giving. Saying ‘thank you’ will not be enough. I have emulated the virtue of giving from you and that alone gives me peace.”

"Rehema’s shunting surgery to help drain excess fluid exerting pressure on her brain was successful," reports her doctor at African Mission ...

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November 1, 2015

Meet Rehema, a 10-month-old baby girl from Kenya. “Rehema is her mother’s only child,” shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF).

Since birth, Rehema has faced health challenges due to congenital hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus is a condition in which cerebrospinal fluid builds up within the brain. This fluid causes an increase in intracranial pressure, which can contribute to long-term health complications and interfere with important stages of childhood development.

“Rehema’s head has been progressively increasing in size,” says AMHF. “Rehema has been vomiting after meals and is therefore at a risk of dehydration. Increased intracranial pressure due to the excess fluid in her head may result in brain damage.”

Rehema’s mother and siblings are financially dependent on Rehema’s grandmother, who operates a small eatery. “Hailing from a poverty-stricken family, Rehema’s mother is not able to pay for the surgery that her daughter desperately needs to lead the normal, healthy life that she deserves,” says AMHF.

For $980, Rehema will undergo surgery to drain the excess fluid from her brain, reducing the intracranial pressure in her head. As part of her treatment, Rehema will receive five days of hospital care in addition to all of the necessary medical examinations—including ultrasounds and CT scans—to facilitate a successful operation and recovery.

“I hope she gets treated, goes to school, and grows to be an independent woman in the future,” says Rehema’s mother.

Meet Rehema, a 10-month-old baby girl from Kenya. “Rehema is her mother’s only child,” shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcar...

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Rehema's Timeline

  • November 1, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 2, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Rehema received treatment. 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 13, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Rehema's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 20, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    Rehema's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 29, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Rehema. Read the update.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

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