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Nimrod is a baby boy from Kenya who needs $685 to fund brain surgery.

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June 30, 2017

Nimrod is an active four-month-old baby boy from Kenya. He has two older siblings who stay at home with their mother during the day while their father works.

Six weeks after Nimrod was born, his mother noticed that her son’s head was growing faster than the rest of his body. His parents took him to a local hospital where Nimrod was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess fluid builds up in the brain resulting in increased intracranial pressure, delayed brain development, and permanent brain damage.

On July 6, Nimrod will undergo brain surgery to drain the excess fluid from his head. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is asking for $685 to cover the cost of his surgery and care.

“God chose me to be Nimrod’s mother as He knew I would best take care of him. The only limiting factor is finances but I am glad Watsi can help,” says Nimrod’s Mother.

Nimrod is an active four-month-old baby boy from Kenya. He has two older siblings who stay at home with their mother during the day while th...

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Nimrod's Timeline

  • June 30, 2017

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

  • July 06, 2017

    Nimrod received treatment at BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH).

  • July 18, 2017

    Nimrod's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 31, 2017

    Awaiting Nimrod's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare Foundation.


    Nimrod is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Hydrocephalus - Shunt
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $685 for Nimrod's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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