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Success! Sheila from Kenya raised $685 to fund brain surgery.

Sheila
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  • $685 raised, $0 to go
$685
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Sheila's treatment was fully funded on September 28, 2018.

Photo of Sheila post-operation

September 12, 2018

Sheila underwent brain surgery.

Sheila had a successful surgery to help drain the excess fluid in her head.

Her mother says, “I do not know how I can repay you for this great deed. Thank you very much.”

Sheila had a successful surgery to help drain the excess fluid in her head. Her mother says, “I do not know how I can repay you for this...

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August 5, 2018

Sheila is a baby from Kenya. She lives with her mother, sibling, and great grandmother in Siaya, a region of Western Kenya.

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

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Sheila that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on August 6 and will drain the excess fluid from Sheila’s brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Sheila will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl.

“I really look forward to see my daughter get healthy just like her brother,” says Sheila’s mother.

Sheila is a baby from Kenya. She lives with her mother, sibling, and great grandmother in Siaya, a region of Western Kenya. Sheila has b...

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Sheila's Timeline

  • August 5, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 06, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sheila's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 08, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sheila received treatment at BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH). 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 12, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sheila's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 28, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sheila's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 21 donors

Funded by 21 donors

Treatment
Hydrocephalus - Shunt
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $685 for Sheila's treatment
Hospital Fees
$537
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$28
Supplies
$0
Labs
$120
  • 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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