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Cornelius from Kenya raised $720 to fund life-saving hydrocephalus surgery.

Cornelius
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  • $720 raised, $0 to go
$720
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$0
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Fully funded
Cornelius's treatment was fully funded on May 8, 2022.

Photo of Cornelius post-operation

May 26, 2022

Cornelius underwent life-saving hydrocephalus surgery.

Cornelius’s treatment was successful and he is recovering well. A shunt was placed to drain the excess water in his head hence reducing the size of his head and the pressure on his brain. He traveled back home in a good condition. A few days later, his mother could not see and feel the shunt so she brought Cornelius back for a check-up. The doctors admitted him for follow-up surgery to make sure his shunt is placed well and draining as it needs to so he can fully heal.

Cornelius’ mother says, “I was feeling worried for my son that he has to undergo another surgery but it is for his good. I hope that this time all will work well.”

Cornelius’s treatment was successful and he is recovering well. A shunt was placed to drain the excess water in his head hence reducing the ...

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March 30, 2022

Cornelius is four-month-old baby boy. He is the youngest in a family of eight children. Cornelius’s older siblings are still school ranging from high school to primary school. Cornelius’s parents are laborers on a tea farm making enough to meet the essential needs of the family. Without medical insurance, Cornelius’s family cannot afford the cost of necessary medical treatments.

Cornelius has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of this condition, Cornelius has experienced swelling in his head. Cornelius’s parents took him to a hospital where he was examined and sent for a brain scan. Cornelius’s parents could not afford the scan at that time, but soon after, friends of the family referred them to BenthanyKids Hospital. It was there Cornelius was was examined and scheduled to undergo a shunt insertion. This treatment will decompress the excess pressure in Cornelius’s head, alleviate the swelling, and give Cornelius a chance at a better life. Without treatment, Cornelius will experience severe physical and developmental delays.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Cornelius and his family raise $720 to cover the cost of the surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 31st and is expected to greatly improve Cornelius’s quality of life. With proper treatment, Cornelius will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy.

Cornelius’ mother says, “We have faith that Cornelius will be healed.”

Cornelius is four-month-old baby boy. He is the youngest in a family of eight children. Cornelius's older siblings are still school ranging ...

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Cornelius's Timeline

  • March 30, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 4, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Cornelius's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 6, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Cornelius 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.

  • May 8, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Cornelius's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 26, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Cornelius. Read the update.

Funded by 15 donors

Funded by 15 donors

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