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Success! Whitney from Kenya raised $685 to fund brain surgery.

Whitney
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$685
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Whitney's treatment was fully funded on December 30, 2017.

Photo of Whitney post-operation

July 31, 2017

Whitney underwent brain surgery.

Whitney’s surgery to drain the excess fluid in her head was successful. This has greatly minimized the pressure little Whitney was experiencing.

“Thanks to Watsi program for making Whitney’s surgery possible. I am forever indebted to you for that,” says Whitney’s mother.

Whitney’s surgery to drain the excess fluid in her head was successful. This has greatly minimized the pressure little Whitney was experienc...

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June 30, 2017

Whitney is a one-month-old baby girl from Kenya. Her father works as a mechanic and her mother stays at home to look after her.

When Whitney was born, she was diagnosed with spina bifida, a condition in which the spine does not fully form around the spinal cord. A few days after receiving spina bifida treatment through our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, Whitney was also diagnosed with hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus is a condition characterized by the build up of excess fluids in the brain that can result in increased intracranial pressure, delayed brain development, and permanent brain damage.

On July 6, Whitney will undergo brain surgery to drain the excess fluid from her head. Her family is requesting $685 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care.

“I thought we were done but at least this has been detected early. We hope we can get help from Watsi,” says Whitney’s father.

Whitney is a one-month-old baby girl from Kenya. Her father works as a mechanic and her mother stays at home to look after her. When Whi...

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Whitney's Timeline

  • June 30, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Whitney was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare Foundation, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • July 12, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Whitney received treatment at BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH). 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 18, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Whitney's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 31, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Whitney's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 30, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Whitney's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Hydrocephalus - Shunt
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $685 for Whitney'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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