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Success! Yohana from Tanzania raised $765 to fund hydrocephalus treatment to help him grow and thrive.

Yohana
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Fully funded
Yohana's treatment was fully funded on August 5, 2021.

Photo of Yohana post-operation

August 11, 2021

Yohana underwent hydrocephalus treatment to help him grow and thrive.

Yohana had a slight delay in his hydrocephalus treatment so that the medical team could ensure he was healthy enough to undergo surgery. He was then cleared for surgery and all went well! Thanks to this treatment, Yohana is no longer in danger of brain damage and will not feel pain and discomfort due to the pressure building in his head. His parents look forward to seeing him grow into a strong, healthy young boy.

Yohana’s mother said, “I thank God for guiding us to you and making way for my baby to have treatment. I don’t know what we would have done if we didn’t have your help with funding.”

Yohana had a slight delay in his hydrocephalus treatment so that the medical team could ensure he was healthy enough to undergo surgery. He ...

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July 10, 2021

Yohana is a three-month-old baby boy and the youngest of his mother’s five children. Yohana’s father has two wives and a total of nine children. His parents are small scale farmers and livestock keepers, and their income is just enough to support the large family. Yohana’s parents came from a remote village far from health facilities, so most mothers deliver at home through the help of midwives.

Yohana 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, Yohana has been experiencing fever and his head has been increasing in size. Without treatment, Yohana will experience severe physical and developmental delays.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMH), is requesting $765 to cover the cost of surgery for Yohana to drain the excess fluid from his brain. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 12th, and it will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Yohana will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy.

Yohana’s mother says, “Please help my baby, he cries a lot and it hurts me to see him suffering like this.”

Yohana is a three-month-old baby boy and the youngest of his mother's five children. Yohana's father has two wives and a total of nine child...

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Yohana's Timeline

  • July 10, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 14, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Yohana's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 26, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Yohana received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC) in Tanzania. 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.

  • August 5, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Yohana's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 11, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Yohana's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Treatment
Hydrocephalus alone
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $765 for Yohana's treatment
Hospital Fees
$511
Medical Staff
$20
Medication
$51
Supplies
$35
Labs
$111
Other
$37
  • 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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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Bakandema

Bakandema is a 79-year-old man who runs a small banana plantation, which he and his wife tend to together. They also cultivate maize, beans, and potatoes for their family. Bakandema also brews traditional beer to complement the income from the farm. However, at his old age, he has to work hard to make sufficient income. His eight children have left the nest, but all work in casual labour with limited income. For the last three years, Bakandema has had a right inguinal hernia. The hernia causes him pain, especially when he bends or walks for some time. He cannot sleep well these days. The hernia has been getting worse over time and, without treatment, might become a strangulated hernia which is life-threatening. After selling some goats to travel and pay for his treatment, Bakandema came to Nyakibale Hospital for medical review. He was recommended to undergo herniorrhaphy surgery to treat his condition. However, Bakandema cannot afford the cost of his care and appeals for financial support. Fortunately, on June 9th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $230 to fund Bakandema's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Bakandema shared, “I pray that you help me get treated because I have been in pain for a long time. Once relieved, I will live to give a testimony about what you have done for me as I continue with farming to sustain my family.”

28% funded

28%funded
$65raised
$165to go