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

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

Photo of Dalton post-operation

October 19, 2017

Dalton underwent brain surgery.

Dalton’s surgery to help drain the extra fluid in his head was successful. The surgery has helped stabilize his intra-cranial pressure and minimized the risk of brain damage and other complications.

“Dalton is assured of a hearty childhood now that he got treatment which he would have otherwise missed out on for lack of funds. May God bless Watsi,” says Dalton’s mother.

Dalton’s surgery to help drain the extra fluid in his head was successful. The surgery has helped stabilize his intra-cranial pressure and m...

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August 24, 2017

Dalton is a seven-month-old boy who lives with his mother, a green grocer, and father, a fisherman, in Kenya.

Dalton was born a healthy baby. But at five months old, he became irritable and began to have trouble digesting food. Worryingly, his head circumference increased suddenly. His mother took him to the hospital and Dalton was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess fluid accumulates in the skull, swelling the head and putting pressure on the brain.

Dalton’s doctor recommended the surgical implantation of a shunt to drain the excess fluid and relieve the pressure. Dalton is scheduled for the operation on August 28. If Dalton does not receive the surgery, he will be at risk of delayed development, brain damage, and death.

Watsi is asking for $685 to help Dalton’s parents pay for the operation. Your donation will help cover the cost of the operation, surgical supplies, anesthesia, laboratory tests, medication and five nights of hospital stay.

Dalton is a seven-month-old boy who lives with his mother, a green grocer, and father, a fisherman, in Kenya. Dalton was born a healthy ...

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Dalton's Timeline

  • August 24, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 30, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Dalton 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.

  • September 19, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Dalton's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 19, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Dalton's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 30, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Dalton'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 Dalton'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.