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Success! Iyan from Kenya raised $685 to fund life-saving brain surgery.

Iyan
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  • $685 raised, $0 to go
$685
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Iyan's treatment was fully funded on December 27, 2017.

Photo of Iyan post-operation

August 18, 2017

Iyan underwent life-saving brain surgery.

Surgery to drain the excess fluid was successful. This procedure has eliminated the risk of increasing pressure and brain damage.

“I was touched by your generous support. May God bless you mightily,” says Iyan’s mother.

Surgery to drain the excess fluid was successful. This procedure has eliminated the risk of increasing pressure and brain damage. “I was...

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July 19, 2017

Just one month old, Iyan lives with his parents and two older siblings in a one-room rental house in Kenya. His parents are subsistence farmers without an external source of income.

Iyan was born with spina bifida, a condition in which the spine does not form completely. His spinal cord and its surrounding membranes protrude through an opening in his backbone, forming a sac on his lower back. As a result, Iyan’s spinal cord is exposed, making him vulnerable to infection and loss of muscle function in his lower limbs.

Iyan’s mother did not know what the mass on his lower back meant until she took him to a district hospital. There, the medical team changed the dressing on Iyan’s back for two days. A doctor explained to his mother the risks of his condition and referred them to our medical partner’s care center for specialized treatment. Iyan underwent surgery to place his spinal cord and nerves back inside his spine, cover them with membranes, and close the opening on his back.

Now, Iyan’s head is increasing in size, and a CT scan has revealed excess fluid accumulation in his skull. This condition, known as hydrocephalus, may lead to a progressive increase in head circumference, brain damage, loss of sight, and even death if not treated. Iyan’s family used the little amount of money they had on the CT scan, and they are not able to raise funds for his continued care.

Watsi’s medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), requests $685 to pay for an operation to insert a shunt in Iyan’s head to drain the excess fluid and transport it to his abdomen, where it can be resorbed by the body. Funding for Iyan also pays for five days of hospital care, blood tests, a second CT scan, pain medicine, and antibiotics. Iyan’s surgery is scheduled for July 20.

“I am pleading for help to see our only boy gets well,” says Iyan’s mother. Let’s help make that happen!

Just one month old, Iyan lives with his parents and two older siblings in a one-room rental house in Kenya. His parents are subsistence farm...

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Iyan's Timeline

  • July 19, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 20, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Iyan received treatment at BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH) in Kenya. 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 15, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Iyan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 18, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Iyan's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 27, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Iyan's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

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