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Success! Kausali from Tanzania raised $802 to fund surgery to treat her hydrocephalus.

Kausali
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Kausali's treatment was fully funded on December 24, 2020.

Photo of Kausali post-operation

July 10, 2020

Kausali underwent surgery to treat her hydrocephalus.

Kausali’s surgery went well and she is currently recovering. Kausali will no longer be at risk for brain damage and her general health will greatly improve. She will grow up to be a strong, happy, and healthy young girl.

Kausali’s mother shared, “All I can say is thank you very much and God bless you all.”

Kausali's surgery went well and she is currently recovering. Kausali will no longer be at risk for brain damage and her general health will ...

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June 21, 2020

Kausali is an eight month old girl from Tanzania. She is an only child and her parents are small-scale farmers.

Kausali has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in her brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Kausali has an increased head circumference and difficulty feeding. Without treatment, Kausali will experience severe physical and developmental delays.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $802 to cover the cost of surgery for Kausali that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 22 and will drain the excess fluid from Kausali’s brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Kausali will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl.

Kausali’s mother shared, “We don’t have the means to pay for our baby’s important surgery, we are kindly asking for your help so that our daughter can have a chance to be well again.”

Kausali is an eight month old girl from Tanzania. She is an only child and her parents are small-scale farmers. Kausali has been diagnose...

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Kausali's Timeline

  • June 21, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 22, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kausali received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC). 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.

  • June 22, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kausali's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 10, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kausali's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 24, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kausali's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 21 donors

Funded by 21 donors

Treatment
Hydrocephalus alone
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $802 for Kausali's treatment
Hospital Fees
$585
Medical Staff
$20
Medication
$51
Supplies
$35
Labs
$111
  • 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.

Saran

Saran is a mother of seven with three sons, four daughters, and seven grandchildren. Saran and her husband are both rice farmers. They also raise cows and pigs, and she enjoys feeding them every day. After each harvest season ends, she and her husband like to plant vegetables to earn extra money. In her free time, Saran likes to watch TV and listen news on the radio. Ten years ago, Saran developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her irritation, itchiness, and a pinkish tissue growth over her eye. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Saran learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours with her husband seeking treatment. Saran needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of her procedure is $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for February 1st. Saran shared, "I hope that after surgery my eye will look better, and that I will be able to go anywhere without being ashamed about my eye. I look forward to returning to taking care of grandchildren and helping my husband with the farm."

37% funded

37%funded
$81raised
$135to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Saran

Saran is a mother of seven with three sons, four daughters, and seven grandchildren. Saran and her husband are both rice farmers. They also raise cows and pigs, and she enjoys feeding them every day. After each harvest season ends, she and her husband like to plant vegetables to earn extra money. In her free time, Saran likes to watch TV and listen news on the radio. Ten years ago, Saran developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her irritation, itchiness, and a pinkish tissue growth over her eye. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Saran learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours with her husband seeking treatment. Saran needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of her procedure is $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for February 1st. Saran shared, "I hope that after surgery my eye will look better, and that I will be able to go anywhere without being ashamed about my eye. I look forward to returning to taking care of grandchildren and helping my husband with the farm."

37% funded

37%funded
$81raised
$135to go