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Success! Saidi from Tanzania raised $775 for brain surgery.

Saidi
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$775
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Fully funded
Saidi's treatment was fully funded on November 13, 2016.

Photo of Saidi post-operation

November 17, 2016

Saidi successfully recieved life-saving brain surgery.

Eight-month-old Saidi from Tanzania was born with hydrocephalus, a disorder where extra cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the cranium.

After traveling hours with his mother to Watsi’s medical partner, Saidi’s surgery to drain the excess fluid in his head from hydrocephalus was successful! The treatment has helped steady the high intra-cranial pressure minimizing the risk of life-threatening brain stem compression, and has majorly increased his chance for survival.

“God bless you for your work of helping,” shares Saidi’s mother.

Eight-month-old Saidi from Tanzania was born with hydrocephalus, a disorder where extra cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the cranium. A...

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October 14, 2016

Saidi is an 8-month-old boy from central Tanzania, where he lives in a mud house with his family. His parents farm their piece of land and work as laborers to pay tuition for Saidi’s five siblings.

Saidi’s head has been progressively enlarging. He is moody and regularly vomits. Saidi’s mother traveled for eight hours to visit a Watsi medical partner, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC). Doctors determined that Saidi requires a $775 shunt insertion to drain excess cerebrospinal fluid in his head. Unfortunately, Saidi’s family has no means to pay for this surgery.

ALMC doctors expect that surgery will reduce the pressure in Saidi’s head and his symptoms will gradually cease. Hopefully, Saidi will make a full recovery. Saidi’s mother is looking forward to returning home with her son.

Saidi is an 8-month-old boy from central Tanzania, where he lives in a mud house with his family. His parents farm their piece of land and w...

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Saidi's Timeline

  • October 14, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Saidi was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • October 17, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Saidi 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.

  • October 19, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Saidi's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 13, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Saidi's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 17, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Saidi's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Hydrocephalus alone
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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