Before and After: Hydrocephalus
It’s nice to be able to make a difference in a short period of time, and sometimes it’s actually possible.
Hydrocephalus is one of the main conditions I treat as part of the neurosurgery team at Beit Cure Hospital. In the USA we see hydrocephalus occasionally, mainly related to bleeding in the brain from premature birth, or sometimes from a birth anomaly. Here it is mostly a complication of meningitis. These babies start out perfectly normal, but get a serious infection early in life, and their brain literally gets clogged with pus, and later on with scar tissue. Then the fluid starts to build up inside.
Baby Maureen was almost comatose from the high pressure inside her brain when she arrived. She had been doing fairly well despite having a rapidly enlarging head over the past few weeks, but then stopped eating and became very lethargic. That was the day her mother brought her to Beit Cure Hospital. That day we did a procedure called an endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV).
Here she is the morning before her surgery:
And here she is a couple hours after the surgery:
All bright eyed and bushy tailed! She was awake, lively, interested in people, and hungry!
She has continued to do well with no recurrence of her hydrocephalus so far. We thank God for the opportunity to help these children and their families.