I kindly request all well wishers in the world to support and/or raise funds to help treat Infant Hydrocephalus in Uganda.
With over 2,500 new cases of Hydrocephalus in Uganda every year, 98% of children with this abnormality die by Age Two due to lack of treatment owing to poverty. These children need finances to take care of their treatment.
Infant hydrocephalus is one of the most common abnormalities affecting the nervous system of children. Sometimes referred to as "water on the brain," infant hydrocephalus can exist at birth or be acquired. Hydrocephalus is an abnormal medical condition that develops when the normal flow and absorption of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the brain is hindered or blocked resulting in excessive accumulation of fluid in the ventricles of the brain. Left untreated, in addition to pain and suffering, infant hydrocephalus leads to significant brain damage, severe developmental delay, blindness, and ultimately death.
In the entire Uganda, there is only 1 hospital in Mbale district called CURE Children's Hospital of Uganda, Mbale, under the Cure International Organization that helps treat patients with Hydrocephalus.
Early intervention helps to decrease the pressure on the brain sooner, thereby improving the long-term path to improvement. According to a research abstract done by CURE Children's Hospital of Uganda, Mbale, Uganda in 2005,'Infection is the most common cause of hydrocephalus in Uganda. When infection is the cause [65% in Uganda], the longer the infection is left untreated, the more permanent damage is done to the brain.
The CURE Children’s Hospital of Uganda, Mbale has gained considerable success with treating Hydrocephalus using both the Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy (ETV) method which involves creating an alternative pathway for the trapped fluid at the base of the brain, using an endoscope to bypass the obstruction and the Choroid Plexus Coagulation (CPC) making them the primary center in the world for treating the disease with ETV and CPC.
Hydrocephalus cannot be treated with medicine only. There is a blockage in the middle of the brain that must be treated. Medicine is used to treat the infections, but surgery is used to release the pressure.
It is reported that babies that come late for treatment do not do so well although their lives can be saved but their outcomes will not be so good.
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