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Success! Abdul from Kenya raised $720 to fund neurosurgery.

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Abdul's treatment was fully funded on March 19, 2022.

Photo of Abdul post-operation

April 6, 2022

Abdul underwent neurosurgery and is on track for a healthier journey ahead.

Our medical partner shared that Abdul’s surgery was successful, with no complications. His new shunt will reduce the water in his head, reducing the chances of brain damage and his head continuing to increase in size. His family was enrolled in a mobile clinic program and his mother was taught how to take good care of him. Abdul will now be attending the mobile follow-up clinics closer to their home, reducing the difficulty of having to come to the hospital for check ups.

Abdul’s mother shared, “I’m happy that Abdul is recovering well and regaining his health back.”

Our medical partner shared that Abdul’s surgery was successful, with no complications. His new shunt will reduce the water in his head, redu...

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March 2, 2022

Abdul is a four month old baby boy. He is being raised by a single mother who previously worked as a housekeeper before her pregnancy. Now Abdul’s mother works with Abdul’s grandmother farming and selling vegetables. This work does not provide Abdul’s family with medical coverage.

Abdul has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Abdul’s head has increased in size since his birth. Abdul was initially taken to a local hospital and diagnosed with malaria. After administering the prescribed medications, Abdul’s mother did not notice a change in his condition and took Abdul to another hospital where he was ultimately diagnosed hydrocephalus. Abdul was then referred to our medical partner’s care center, Bethany Kids Hospital for surgery. Without treatment, Abdul will experience severe physical and developmental delays.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Abdul’s mother raise $720 to cover the cost of surgery for Abdul. The procedure scheduled to take place on March 3rd will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Abdul will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy.

Abdul’s mother shared, “I would really like my son to be treated and regain his health.”

Abdul is a four month old baby boy. He is being raised by a single mother who previously worked as a housekeeper before her pregnancy. Now A...

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Abdul's Timeline

  • March 2, 2022

    Abdul was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • March 3, 2022

    Abdul received treatment at BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH) in Kenya. 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.

  • March 3, 2022

    Abdul's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 19, 2022

    Abdul's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 6, 2022

    Abdul's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Hydrocephalus - Shunt
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $720 for Abdul'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?

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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