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

Lomayani
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Lomayani's treatment was fully funded on September 19, 2016.
October 26, 2016

Lomayani received successful brain surgery.

Lomayani’s treatment has decreased the pressure on his brain and will prevent further disability. He is progressing will at home and the parents are very happy. Unfortunately, Lomayani was discharged from the hospital before our staff was able to take a post-operative photo.

“I would like for my son to go to school when he grows up,” Lomayani’s father shared in their post-operative appointment. “I expect that now he will live a normal life and that he will be able to support himself.”

Lomayani's treatment has decreased the pressure on his brain and will prevent further disability. He is progressing will at home and the par...

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August 21, 2016

Twelve-month-old Lomayani is a happy baby boy who lives with his family in Tanzania. When he turned five months old, Lomayani got very sick. He had a high fever, which took a while to control. When he recovered from the fever, his head slowly started to increase in size.

“He used to be very active and growing well,” shares Lomayani’s mother, “but now he is slowly losing his activeness.”

Lomayani has hydrocephalus, a condition in which there is an accumulation of fluid in the brain as a result of infection, trauma, malformation of the central nervous system, or genetic defect. Too much fluid can increase pressure on the brain and inside the skull, leading to an enlarged head and developmental issues.

Lomayani had been able to control his neck, but he no longer can do so because his head is too heavy to hold up. He can still see properly, and he is able to use his hands to hold toys and his mother’s beaded earrings and necklaces, which he enjoys playing with. Lomayani needs surgery to manage the hydrocephalus so that further brain damage will not occur.

Lomayani’s parents are small-scale farmers, and they also keep a few livestock. With five children to look after as well as other extended family members who depend on them, it has been difficult to come up with enough cash to cover the cost of the care that Lomayani badly needs.

For $775, Lomayani will undergo an operation to place a shunt to drain the excess fluid from his brain and transport it to his abdomen, where it can be resorbed by the body. Funding also covers the costs of five days of hospital care, including imaging, blood work, medicine, and dressing changes for his wound, as well as two weeks’ accommodations at The Plaster House for recovery and rehabilitation after surgery.

“I worry about my baby’s health,” Lomayani’s mother says. “I hope he will get well and continue with normal growth.”

Twelve-month-old Lomayani is a happy baby boy who lives with his family in Tanzania. When he turned five months old, Lomayani got very sick....

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Lomayani's Timeline

  • August 21, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Lomayani was submitted by Esupat Kimerei, Rehab Surgery Project Assistant Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • August 22, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lomayani 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.

  • September 11, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lomayani's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 19, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lomayani's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 26, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Lomayani's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 18 donors

Funded by 18 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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