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Kayleh
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Kayleh's treatment was fully funded on August 15, 2018.

Photo of Kayleh post-operation

July 20, 2018

Kayleh underwent brain surgery.

Kayleh’s surgery to drain the excess fluid was successful. The surgery has helped stabilize the high pressure in her head, minimizing the risk of brain damage, loss of sight, and potential death.

“Kayleh is calmer now and we are grateful to our donors for the help accorded,” says Kayleh’s mother.

Kayleh’s surgery to drain the excess fluid was successful. The surgery has helped stabilize the high pressure in her head, minimizing the ri...

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July 10, 2018

Kayleh is a child from Kenya. Her parents are subsistence farmers without an external source of income.

Kayleh 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, Kayleh has been experiencing a drastically increasing head circumference and irritability. Without treatment, Kayleh will experience severe physical and developmental delays.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Kayleh that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 11 and will drain the excess fluid from Kayleh’s brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Kayleh will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl.

“I am glad there is hope for my daughter’s treatment. I hope all goes well,” shares Kayleh’s mother.

Kayleh is a child from Kenya. Her parents are subsistence farmers without an external source of income. Kayleh has been diagnosed with h...

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Kayleh's Timeline

  • July 10, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 10, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kayleh's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 11, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kayleh 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.

  • July 20, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kayleh's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 15, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kayleh's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 25 donors

Funded by 25 donors

Treatment
Hydrocephalus - Shunt
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $685 for Kayleh's treatment
Hospital Fees
$537
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$28
Supplies
$0
Labs
$120
  • 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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Lovence

Lovence is a farmer and a loving mother of five children; two sons and three daughters. One of the sons is a banana trader and another one is a hawker in Kampala. All her daughters are married and are small-scale farmers. Lovence has been supporting her family alone since her husband died in 2000. She dropped out of school in third grade due to school fees and started doing farming in a banana and coffee plantation. The 51-year-old has been earning her living from farming, but shared that her production is small. In her free time, she weaves mats and baskets to earn supplementary income. Lovence needs surgery but her income is insufficient to fund it. For two years, Lovence has been experiencing on and off abdominal pain and other troubling symptoms. Before her referral to Nyakibale Hospital, Lovence had visited several healthcare facilities where they treated her for urinary tract infections. She has now been diagnosed with uterine fibroids and premalignant cervical lesion. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Lovence's surgery. On December 8th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Lovence will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Lovence says, "I hope to get back into farming after the treatment. Your support will be highly appreciated."

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54%funded
$120raised
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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Lovence

Lovence is a farmer and a loving mother of five children; two sons and three daughters. One of the sons is a banana trader and another one is a hawker in Kampala. All her daughters are married and are small-scale farmers. Lovence has been supporting her family alone since her husband died in 2000. She dropped out of school in third grade due to school fees and started doing farming in a banana and coffee plantation. The 51-year-old has been earning her living from farming, but shared that her production is small. In her free time, she weaves mats and baskets to earn supplementary income. Lovence needs surgery but her income is insufficient to fund it. For two years, Lovence has been experiencing on and off abdominal pain and other troubling symptoms. Before her referral to Nyakibale Hospital, Lovence had visited several healthcare facilities where they treated her for urinary tract infections. She has now been diagnosed with uterine fibroids and premalignant cervical lesion. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Lovence's surgery. On December 8th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Lovence will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Lovence says, "I hope to get back into farming after the treatment. Your support will be highly appreciated."

54% funded

54%funded
$120raised
$99to go