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Success! Kaitikeii from Kenya raised $720 to fund surgery for hydrocephalus.

  • $720 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Kaitikeii's treatment was fully funded on October 14, 2022.

Photo of Kaitikeii post-operation

October 25, 2022

Kaitikeii underwent surgery for hydrocephalus.

Kaitikeii’s hydrocephalus surgery was done successfully at our medical partner’s care center with no complications. Because Kaitikeii’s family stayed prior to receiving the treatment, Kaitikeii’s head had increased in size. A shunt was put in to help drain the excess water in his head, this stopped the worrying growth. Kaitikeii will be attending his follow-up clinics for the doctor to continue supporting his recovery.

Kaitikeii’s mother says, “At first, his father did not want him to come for surgery and I was worried about his condition as it was getting worse. Now I’m relieved and happy that he is treated.”

Kaitikeii’s hydrocephalus surgery was done successfully at our medical partner's care center with no complications. Because Kaitikeii's fami...

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May 18, 2022

Kaitikeii is a seven-month-old baby boy, living with his parents and three siblings in Kenya. His father herds cattle to provide for the family, while his mother stays at home to care for Kaitikeii and his siblings.

Two months after Kaitikeii was born, his parents noticed that his head was increasing in size, and his eyes looked smaller. They brought him to BethanyKids Hospital for examination, where he was diagnosed with hydrocephalus. Without care, he will experience severe physical and developmental delays.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $720 to cover the cost of Kaitikeii’s surgery, which is now scheduled for May 19th. With proper care, Kaitikeii should develop into a strong, healthy young boy.

Kaitikeii’s father says: “I do not want my baby to feel neglected while he’s growing up.”

Kaitikeii is a seven-month-old baby boy, living with his parents and three siblings in Kenya. His father herds cattle to provide for the fam...

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Kaitikeii's Timeline

  • May 18, 2022

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

  • May 19, 2022

    Kaitikeii 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 23, 2022

    Kaitikeii's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 14, 2022

    Kaitikeii's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 25, 2022

    Kaitikeii's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

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