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Success! Stella from Tanzania raised $775 for life-saving brain surgery.

Stella
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  • $775 raised, $0 to go
$775
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Fully funded
Stella's treatment was fully funded on December 1, 2015.

Photo of Stella post-operation

December 23, 2015

Stella received life-saving brain surgery.

Stella is doing much better after surgery to drain excess fluid from her brain. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation reports, “The shunt is working properly, the frequent fevers are gone and Stella’s appetite is much better. Stella is out of the risk of losing her eyesight and has a good chance of continuing with normal development.”

“I am truly happy with the way my daughter is progressing. Her head is not heavy anymore, she is feeding well and sleeps well. I am hopeful that she will continue to get better and continue with normal growth. I am very thankful for the financial support, my daughter has hope of growing up like her siblings,” says Stella’s mother.

Stella is doing much better after surgery to drain excess fluid from her brain. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation r...

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November 10, 2015

Five-month-old Stella lives in Tanzania with her parents and three siblings.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), tells us that “when Stella turned two months, she had severe fever and fits.” Despite a few weeks in the hospital, “her mother noticed the size of her baby’s head was getting bigger. Stella’s activity slowly started to diminish and crying became normal for her.”

Stella’s symptoms are caused by hydrocephalus, a condition where cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) builds up in the brain, causing the head to swell. According to AMHF, “Stella is at risk of losing her vision if not treated. She may also not be able to sit, stand or walk due to the size of her head.”

Stella’s condition can be treated with hydrocephalus shunt surgery. During surgery, excess CSF will be drained, relieving her of the swelling and pressure in her head. This will eliminate the risk of vision-loss, and give Stella the chance to reach her developmental milestones.

To support their family, Stella’s mother does bead work and her father works as a livestock keeper, but they are unable to afford treatment for their daughter.

Treatment costs $775, which includes surgical fees, wound dressings for two weeks, pain management, a five day stay in the hospital, and two weeks at a rehabilitation center.

“I pray that my baby will get better. I will be very happy to see her grow up like other children,” says Stella’s mom.

Five-month-old Stella lives in Tanzania with her parents and three siblings. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (...

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Stella's Timeline

  • November 10, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Stella was submitted by Esupat Kimerei, Rehab Surgery Project Assistant Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • November 11, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Stella 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.

  • December 1, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Stella's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 1, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    Stella's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 23, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Stella's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 23 donors

Funded by 23 donors

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