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

Wesley
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  • $685 raised, $0 to go
$685
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Wesley's treatment was fully funded on January 2, 2017.

Photo of Wesley post-operation

February 2, 2017

Wesley underwent successful brain surgery.

Doctors performed an operation to drain the excess fluid from his brain. This surgery greatly minimized the pressure in his head and has reduced his risk of brain stem compression and brain damage.

“The greatest blessing this year was the grant given towards my son’s surgical care, from your generous program. He is now much less irritable, and this is so amazing for us,” says Wesley’s mother.

Doctors performed an operation to drain the excess fluid from his brain. This surgery greatly minimized the pressure in his head and has red...

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December 8, 2016

Wesley is a two-month-old boy from Kenya. He was growing up healthy and happy for the first month of his life. Then, Wesley’s disposition suddenly changed. He become irritable and only slept a few hours each night. Further, his head size was increasing at a much faster rate than his body. His parents knew something was not right, so they sought help from the nearest clinic.

Wesley was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain. This condition puts a dangerous amount of pressure on the developing brain. Fortunately, on December 9, Wesley underwent a shunt insertion procedure, during which doctors inserted a device to drain the fluid from his brain.

Wesley’s father works on construction sites, but his income is not reliable. His family cannot afford healthcare. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to fund this procedure

“I am happy to have landed where he can get treatment,” says Wesley’s father.

Wesley is a two-month-old boy from Kenya. He was growing up healthy and happy for the first month of his life. Then, Wesley's disposition su...

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Wesley's Timeline

  • December 8, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 09, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Wesley received treatment at BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH).

  • December 19, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Wesley's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 02, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Wesley's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 02, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Wesley's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

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