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Maxwell from Kenya raised $615 for life-saving brain surgery.

Maxwell
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Maxwell's treatment was fully funded on April 11, 2016.
July 2, 2016

Maxwell did not receive surgery as planned.

Maxwell was submitted for support to treat congenital hydrocephalus. His surgeon, however, decided that surgery would not improve Maxwell’s condition neurologically especially now that he has delayed development.​ There is a chance that Maxwell may have had a previous brain infection, and therefore he needs to be re-assessed for a new course of treatment.

When Maxwell needs further care, he will be re-eligible for Watsi funding.

Maxwell was submitted for support to treat congenital hydrocephalus. His surgeon, however, decided that surgery would not improve Maxwell's ...

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March 28, 2016

“I want what is best for Maxwell,” shares his mother. “I long to see him walk and talk just like his peers.” She and two-year-old Maxwell live alone in a one-room apartment in Kenya, and have gotten by as a family of two since Maxwell’s father left.

When Maxwell turned ten months old, “his mother noticed that his head was increasing drastically in size,” reports our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). He also displayed “delayed development, lagging behind his peers in many activities, such as walking.” Maxwell was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition where excess cerebrospinal fluid builds up in the cavities of the brain.

This disorder has not only given Maxwell’s head an abnormal size and shape, but also causes him discomfort as his expanding brain presses unnaturally hard against his cranium. This has changed his personality, making him more irritable than before. And if his hydrocephalus goes untreated, “Maxwell is likely to suffer brain damage and lose his sight,” says AMHF.

Fortunately, there is a surgical procedure that can help Maxwell. Doctors will insert a shunt into his brain that will remove the extra fluid from his brain and redistribute it to another part of his body, where it can be safely absorbed.

“With a daily average income of $2 Maxwell’s mother is not able to raise funds to enable him get a shunt insertion,” explains AMHF. However, we can help. $615 will cover the cost of Maxwell’s surgery, as well as the medications, tests, and five-day hospital stay that he will need to recover from the operation.

Let’s give Maxwell’s mother the chance to see her only child grow up healthy and strong.

“I want what is best for Maxwell,” shares his mother. “I long to see him walk and talk just like his peers.” She and two-year-old Maxwell li...

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Maxwell's Timeline

  • March 28, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 29, 2016
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Maxwell was scheduled to receive 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.

  • April 10, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Maxwell's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 2, 2016
    FUNDING ENDED

    Maxwell is no longer raising funds.

  • July 2, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Maxwell's treatment did not happen. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Hydrocephalus - Shunt
  • 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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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

U Chit

U Chit is a 42-year-old husband and father from Burma. He lives with his in-laws, wife and son. His father-in-law works as a day laborer, while his wife and his mother-in-law are homemakers. U Chit used to work with his father-in-law, and also as a motorcycle taxi driver for extra income. However, he stopped working in January when his health worsened. When schools reopen, his son will begin kindergarten. A little over a year ago, U Chit began experiencing dizziness, fatigue, tightness in his chest and difficulty breathing when he exerted himself. A month later, he visited a local clinic where he was diagnosed with high blood pressure. However, in December 2021, U Chit lost a lot of weight and experienced night sweats in addition to his other symptoms. He was diagnosed with aortic valve regurgitation, mitral valve regurgitation and tricuspid valve regurgitation, and was placed on a waiting list to receive surgery. Because his condition is severe, the doctor recommended that he undergo surgery as soon as possible. Fortunately, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), is helping U Chit access treatment. On April 8th, he will undergo mitral valve replacement surgery at BCMF's care center. After recovery, his symptoms should improve. Now, he needs help raising $1,500 to fund his procedure and care. U Chit shared, "I gave up and I was ready to die before. There are a lot of heart patients waiting to receiving surgery. Since I heard that I could have surgery with the help of donors, I feel like there is hope that I will survive. I have to look after my family because my son is still young. I will always remember everything the donors did for me."

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