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Success! Godifrey from Tanzania raised $728 to fund hydrocephalus repair.

Godifrey
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Godifrey's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Godifrey post-operation

July 31, 2017

Godifrey underwent hydrocephalus repair.

The treatment that Godfrey received helped to relieve the pressure in his head. His health is improving rapidly.

Godfrey mother says, “Many thanks to those who made possible for Godfrey to receive treatment. God bless them abundantly and please tell them to continue helping others with problems like Godfrey.”

The treatment that Godfrey received helped to relieve the pressure in his head. His health is improving rapidly. Godfrey mother says, “M...

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April 18, 2017

Godifrey is a three-year-old boy from Tanzania. He lives with his mother and grandparents on their small farm.

When Godifrey was two, he had a case of spinal meningitis—a rare inflammation of the membranes covering the brain and the spinal cord. This inflammation blocked the fluid passage in the brain, causing fluid to build up around his brain. This condition is called hydrocephalus, and it currently causes Godifrey great discomfort, with symptoms such as vomiting and fever.

“I hope my son gets better soon so that he goes to school and hopefully studies to become a doctor,” Godifrey’s mother says.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $728 to fund Godifrey’s surgery. He is scheduled to receive treatment on April 19 at our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. Doctors will insert a shunt in his cranium, allowing excess fluid to drain out and releasing the pressure on his brain. After his operation, Godifrey should be able to develop normally, living free from hydrocephalus and its symptoms.

Godifrey is a three-year-old boy from Tanzania. He lives with his mother and grandparents on their small farm. When Godifrey was two, he ...

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Godifrey's Timeline

  • April 18, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Godifrey was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • April 19, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Godifrey received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC). 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.

  • May 02, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Godifrey's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 31, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Godifrey's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Godifrey's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Hydrocephalus alone
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $728 for Godifrey's treatment
Hospital Fees
$511
Medical Staff
$20
Medication
$51
Supplies
$35
Labs
$111
  • 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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Ainembabazi is just 5 years old and currently in preschool. His father noted that he could not feel his son's right testis and initially, they ignored it because the boy was young but as time went on, Ainembabazi started complaining of pain. In September, Ainembabazi complained of being swollen after coming home from school. His parents thought it would heal on its own however in March, the swelling became prominent and they decided to go to the regional hospital in their area of Uganda. They got several appointments from the doctors but they were constantly postponed over and over again due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. After postponing three times, their family decided to come to Rushoroza Hospital. Doctors there said if he is not treated through a herniorrhaphy, he risks intestinal obstruction, strangulation, and gangrenous. Ainembabazi's mother is a small-scale farmer who grows beans and sorghum for home consumption. She is happily married to his father who is a primary teacher and who does all he can to provide for the family despite his low salary. They own a three-room semi-permanent house on their ancestral land. Ainembabazi is the fourth born in their family of five children. Ainembabazi’s mother says, “My son is active in class despite the prevailing challenges. We have a lot of hope in him. After the surgery, he may be able to comfortably carry on his studies to the highest level we possibly can take him, no doubt about that. May God make everything possible.”

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