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Success! Precious from Kenya raised $720 to fund hydrocephalus treatment.

Precious
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Precious's treatment was fully funded on February 16, 2022.

Photo of Precious post-operation

March 14, 2022

Precious underwent life-saving hydrocephalus treatment.

Precious’ surgery to treat the fluids accumulating in her brain was successful and she is recovering well. Her doctors hope that the shunt they placed during surgery will function well putting her in a good condition healthwise as she grows up. Her mother has been bringing her for follow-up care so that the medical team and continue to monitor her recovery.

Precious’ mother says: “It was hard for me to raise the money required for her treatment but she is now treated. Thank you for your financial support.”

Precious’ surgery to treat the fluids accumulating in her brain was successful and she is recovering well. Her doctors hope that the shunt t...

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January 25, 2022

Precious is a one-month-old baby girl and the youngest child in a family of two children. Her mother is single and works washing clothes for a living. Precious has an older sibling who is 10 years old.

Precious has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Precious has experienced progressive head enlargement since her birth. If left untreated, her condition could lead to developmental and physical delays.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Precious receive treatment. On January 26th, she will undergo surgery to drain the excess fluid from Precious’s brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. After treatment, Precious will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Now, AMH is requesting $720 to cover the cost of Precious’s procedure and care.

Precious’s mother shared, “I hope Precious gets help. Alone, I am unable to help pay for the treatment she needs.”

Precious is a one-month-old baby girl and the youngest child in a family of two children. Her mother is single and works washing clothes for...

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Precious's Timeline

  • January 25, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Precious was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • January 26, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Precious 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.

  • January 28, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Precious's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 16, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Precious's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 14, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Precious's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 15 donors

Funded by 15 donors

Treatment
Hydrocephalus - Shunt
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $720 for Precious's treatment
Hospital Fees
$537
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$28
Supplies
$0
Labs
$120
Other
$35
  • 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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