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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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Kidus

Kidus is a five-month-old baby from Ethiopia who is his parents' first child. Some of his favorite activities include breast feeding and playing with his mother. His parents are both students and farmers. They earn their income by selling fruits from their farm; however, the weather in their area is very sunny and their land is dry, which makes their harvest limited. Kidus was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital condition that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. He needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Kidus recently underwent a colostomy, an intestinal procedure that inserts a colostomy bag. His parents share that paying for this surgery was very difficult. They had to borrow the money from individual loaners, and it has been difficult for them to repay it. In the middle of these challenging times, they heard about our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, and their care center, BethanyKids Myungsung Christian Medical Centre. Kidus's parents decided to seek financial assistance so he could complete the series of surgeries he needs. Kidus is now scheduled to undergo surgery to correct his condition on August 17th. Our medical partner is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Kidus's procedure and care. After his recovery, Kidus will no longer experience bowel dysfunction and will be able to live more comfortably and confidently. Kidus's dad says, “We were happy that we got this opportunity. We hope that our child will get the treatment and make stool just like other people.”

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