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Ezekia from Tanzania raised $690 to treat hydrocephalus.

Ezekia
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Ezekia's treatment was fully funded on July 26, 2015.

Photo of Ezekia post-operation

August 2, 2015

Ezekia received treatment for hydrocephalus.

By inserting a shunt into Ezekia’s head, doctors successfully drained the excess cerebrospinal fluid from Ezekia’s brain and relieved the built-up pressure.

According to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, “Ezekia is doing very well. His surgery went without any problems and Ezekia is happy and slowly gaining his activeness back. With a successful operation, Ezekia’s ability to walk and do other things will not continue to deteriorate, neither will he lose his vision at such a young age.”

Ezekia’s mother shares, “I am so thankful that my son is doing well. I still hope that he will continue to get better and eventually start going to school like his brother and move on to become an independent young man.”

By inserting a shunt into Ezekia's head, doctors successfully drained the excess cerebrospinal fluid from Ezekia's brain and relieved the bu...

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July 16, 2015

“I hope my son will be able to walk again so he can start going to kindergarten like his brother,” shares Ezekia’s mother. Ezekia is a five-year-old boy from Tanzania. Before falling ill, he was very active and loved playing around with his twin brother. Now, however, Ezekia is living with hydrocephalus—a condition in which the normal flow of cerebrospinal fluid is blocked, causing a build up of excessive fluid in the ventricles of the brain.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), tells us, “Ezekia can barely walk without support. He involuntarily shakes his head continuously, and the weight of his head is getting heavier for his body to support. If not treated, Ezekia will lose his vision, stop walking and completely become dependent.”

AMHF explains, “Ezekia’s mother is now a single parent after her husband left her because of their son’s condition. She works hard to take care of her two children, but she does not have a reliable job. She holds a range of jobs, from garden work to selling fruits, just to earn something for her family. She needs financial support so that Ezekia can get the treatment he needs.”

With $690 in funding, Ezekia will receive surgery to place a shunt in his brain. This shunt will divert the blocked cerebrospinal fluid to another area of his body where it can be absorbed normally.

Following surgery, Ezekia will regain his vision and be able to move independently. Ezekia will be able to play with his brother and go to kindergarten just like his mother dreams.

“I hope my son will be able to walk again so he can start going to kindergarten like his brother,” shares Ezekia’s mother. Ezekia is a five-...

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Ezekia's Timeline

  • July 16, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Ezekia was submitted by Esupat Kimerei, Rehab Surgery Project Assistant Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • July 17, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ezekia received treatment. 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.

  • July 23, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ezekia's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 26, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ezekia's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 2, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Ezekia. Read the update.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

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Queen is a six-year-old girl and the first born child in a family of two children. She and her younger brother are cared for by their grandparents as their mother sadly passed away in 2018 and their father is absent. Queen has been happily helping her grandmother with little home chores like washing dishes, sweeping the compound, and sometimes cooking. Both grandparents depend entirely on small scale farming of maize, vegetables, and bananas. As her name suggests, Queen is a nice and charming student who was to join first-grade early this year but unfortunately during the December holidays last year, she was involved in a painful fire accident. One day, Queen was helping her grandmother prepare porridge on a three stone fire place. Unknowingly, her dress caught on fire and badly injured her legs. Her wound healed, but burn scar contractures developed because of the tightened the skin around her legs. As a result, this has limited her ability to stand, walk, and enjoy her daily activities with her grandmother. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Queen receive treatment to relieve her pain. On August 5th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help her walk again. Now, she needs help to fund this $874 procedure. Queen’s uncle says: “She used to be the one helping her grandmother who has already aged up but with her condition right now her grandmother has to help her do everything. Please help my niece.”

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