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Success! Karin from Kenya raised $685 to fund hydrocephalus repair.

Karin
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$685
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Fully funded
Karin's treatment was fully funded on November 5, 2017.

Photo of Karin post-operation

July 31, 2017

Karin underwent hydrocephalus repair.

Karin had a shunt inserted to help drain the excess fluid in his head and reduce the pressure on his brain. This will stop his head from increasing in size and enable him to live a long and healthy life. He is also no longer at risk of brain damage.

“Your generous gift is greatly appreciated and was put to good use. I want to express my sincere thanks to all who were involved in getting this generous gift to me. Thanks again,” says Karin’s mother.

Karin had a shunt inserted to help drain the excess fluid in his head and reduce the pressure on his brain. This will stop his head from inc...

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June 16, 2017

Karin is a three-month-old boy from Kenya. His mother stays at home with him, and his father is a subsistence farmer.

About one week ago, Karin suddenly lost the ability to hold his head up and began to cry incessantly. Within a few days he was also vomiting and developed a fever. Karin was then taken to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with congenital hydrocephalus—a buildup of cerebrospinal fluid in the cranium that can increase pressure on the brain, causing severe mental and physical health problems.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to fund Karin’s operation, which is scheduled to take place on June 19 at our medical partner’s care center, BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital. The surgery entails insertion of a shunt in Karin’s brain that will drain the excess fluid. Without treatment, Karin will be at risk of permanent brain damage, loss of vision, and even death.

“We are determined to overcome this illness and not let it ruin his life, with your help,” says Karin’s father.

Karin is a three-month-old boy from Kenya. His mother stays at home with him, and his father is a subsistence farmer. About one week ago...

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Karin's Timeline

  • June 16, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Karin was submitted by Maya Murao, Fellow at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • June 19, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Karin 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.

  • June 26, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Karin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 31, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Karin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 05, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Karin's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Hydrocephalus - Shunt
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $685 for Karin'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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