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What is hydrocephalus?

Hydrocephalus is a life-threatening condition characterized by an enlarged head. It is caused by an excess of cerebral spinal fluid inside the skull, causing pressure. If left untreated, this pressure can damage the brain, cause blindness, and lead to death.

What issues do children with hydrocephalus face?


An enlarged head results from excess fluid in the skull.


Children often experience discrimination, leading to poor self-confidence and isolation.


Children may experience a delay in meeting milestones like holding their head up, sitting, and walking.

How does hydrocephalus surgery change a
child’s life?

With physical and educational therapies, children can attend school, help at home, and participate in community life.

Speech and mobility may improve.

Hope is restored as children and families are welcomed back into the community.

Miracles happen every day at CURE Children’s Hospital of Uganda


“I am praying that my baby may be ok.” God is answering Maria’s prayer through CURE Uganda. After surgery to treat his hydrocephalus, her son Alamanzan is on the road to recovery and looking forward to a brighter future.

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CURE Uganda’s mission is to provide every child living with a disability the physical, emotional, and spiritual care they need to heal. If you have questions about becoming a patient or a partner with CURE, please contact us.