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Samson is a baby boy from Kenya who needs $685 to fund hydrocephalus repair.

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August 22, 2017

Samson is a four-month-old boy from Kenya. He is the youngest of five children. His father works as a waiter and his mother is a stay-at-home mom.

Samson was born at home, a healthy and happy baby. When he was one month old, however, his head began to increase in size, he became quite irritable, and he suffered from seizures regularly. His parents took him to a local hospital, where the doctors prescribed medication, but the treatment was not successful. A member of the family’s church advised Samson’s parents to take him to our medical partner’s care center to receive care. Doctors there diagnosed him with hydrocephalus, which is a buildup of cerebrospinal fluid in the cranium that puts pressure on the brain. Surgery has been recommended.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to fund Samson’s treatment. He is scheduled for surgery on August 23 at our medical partner’s care center, BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital. After his operation, Samson will be able to grow up healthy and happy.

“We had given up all hope until we met with a friend and well-wisher,” Samson’s mother says. “We are more than happy to know that there is hope for Samson’s treatment.”

Samson is a four-month-old boy from Kenya. He is the youngest of five children. His father works as a waiter and his mother is a stay-at-hom...

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Samson's Timeline

  • August 22, 2017

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

  • August 23, 2017

    Samson received treatment at BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH).

  • September 18, 2017

    Samson's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 02, 2017

    Awaiting Samson's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare Foundation.


    Samson is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

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