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Success! Jayden from Haiti raised $897 to fund hydrocephalus treatment.

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Jayden's treatment was fully funded on November 5, 2021.

Photo of Jayden post-operation

November 11, 2021

Jayden underwent hydrocephalus treatment.

Jayden’s surgery was successful, and thankfully his hydrocephaly was treated very early. This ETV procedure will give him the best chance at a normal life without future complications.

Jayden’s mother said, “I am so happy that the operation was done. I am relieved with how well he is doing and I am grateful to those who helped to make this happen.”

Jayden's surgery was successful, and thankfully his hydrocephaly was treated very early. This ETV procedure will give him the best chance at...

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October 9, 2021

Jayden is a one-month old baby boy from Haiti and his parents’ first child. He was developing well until he was three weeks old, when his parents noticed that his head appeared swollen.

His parents took him to visit the care center of our medical partner, Project Medishare, for examination and treatment. He was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, or a condition in which a buildup of fluid puts pressure on the brain. On October 10th, he will undergo a procedure to relieve the pressure on his brain. After recovery, Jayden will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. Now, his family needs help to raise $897 to fund his procedure and care.

Jayden’s family shared that they are very scared, but comforted by the fact that the baby is in the surgeon’s hands. They are happy and relieved that he will have the surgery he needs quickly.

Jayden is a one-month old baby boy from Haiti and his parents' first child. He was developing well until he was three weeks old, when his p...

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Jayden's Timeline

  • October 9, 2021

    Jayden was submitted by Jennifer Rogers, Chief Nursing Officer at Project Medishare.

  • October 10, 2021

    Jayden received treatment at Hospital Bernard Mevs in Haiti. 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.

  • October 13, 2021

    Jayden's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 5, 2021

    Jayden's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 11, 2021

    Jayden's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

Hydrocephalus ETV
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $897 for Jayden'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?

Families usually notice this condition with their child as their head grows large. These children do not reach normal developmental milestones and become unable to hold their head up, sit on their own, or talk. Some children become very irritable and become unable to suck and swallow so getting enough nutrition becomes difficult.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Children living with hydrocephaly are living with some form of brain damage that progresses as they get older. This damage will prevent them from developing on a normal trajectory. They have trouble eating, being able to sit, stand and communicate. Often they develop seizures and often experience pain and irritability. If it remains untreated, this condition will lead to death.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

There is a lot of fear and stigma toward these patients as their heads grow large. Families with children who have hydrocephalus have trouble finding caregivers and support because of this fear. Also it is a financial burden to care for these children because of medication for seizures and the extra care they require as they grow older.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

The treatment process involves a surgery to stop the extra fluid in the brain from accumulating and putting pressure on the brain. This is done by making a hole in part of the brain to drain the liquid (ETV). The patient usually spends one or two nights in the hospital and then goes home with a tiny incision in their head and abdomen.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

This treatment is the only thing that will save the patient’s life. This treatment will prevent further brain damage. If it is caught early it allows the child to grow and develop fully. If it is caught late, the patient can receive therapy to assist them to overcome the developmental difficulties caused by the damage already done to their brain.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

The main complication caused by this surgery is simply that is does not work. In this case the child is given another surgery and a shunt is placed.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

There is only one hospital in the country that performs surgeries for children with hydrocephaly. This hospital is in Port au Prince, Haiti. Children that live in the North or South of the country have to travel very far for clinic visits and surgery. This requires spending all day or several days on public transport to reach the hospital.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are no current alternatives this treatment. If the brain damage is too far advanced then palliative care to treat the child’s pain and support the family is the only other option.

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