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Success! Edwin from Kenya raised $728 to fund brain surgery.

Edwin
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Edwin's treatment was fully funded on December 16, 2019.

Photo of Edwin post-operation

November 10, 2019

Edwin underwent brain surgery.

Edwin had a successful surgery that has helped insert a shunt in his head to drain out the fluids that were accumulating in his head causing him pain, fevers, vomiting and putting him in danger of brain damage or ultimately death if not treated. Through this treatment, Edwin is now doing fine and getting his health back gradually.

Edwin’s mother says, “I don’t have the right words to show you all how thankful I am for all your help and support in treating and making my baby fine, all I can say thank you all and God bless you all abundantly.”

Edwin had a successful surgery that has helped insert a shunt in his head to drain out the fluids that were accumulating in his head causing...

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August 28, 2019

Edwin is a baby from Kenya. Edwin is one year old boy and the last born child in a family of three children. His parents are small scale farmers of maize and sorghums and depending on this for their living.

Edwin has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Edwin has been experiencing fevers, vomiting a lot and an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, Edwin will experience severe physical and developmental delays.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $728 to cover the cost of surgery for Edwin that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 2nd and will drain the excess fluid from Edwin’s brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Edwin will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy.

Edwin’s mother says, “Please help my son; we are unable to raise the money needed. I would love to see my son in good health like other children and save him from the suffering.”

Edwin is a baby from Kenya. Edwin is one year old boy and the last born child in a family of three children. His parents are small scale far...

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Edwin's Timeline

  • August 28, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 02, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Edwin received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC). 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 10, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Edwin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 10, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Edwin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 16, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Edwin's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Hydrocephalus alone
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $728 for Edwin's treatment
Hospital Fees
$511
Medical Staff
$20
Medication
$51
Supplies
$35
Labs
$111
  • 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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