The term hydrocephalus derives from the Greek words "hyrdo" meaning water and "cephalus" meaning head. Hydrocephalus is a disorder in which the ventricle in the brain is restricted and the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), a natural fluid produced inside the brain, is now restricted. This causes increased pressure on the brain tissue which can cause permanent brain damage, disability or even death if not treated. To treat hydrocephalus, the patient must have surgery to insert a shunt, a sturdy but flexible plastic tube, into a ventricle inside of the brain or in the CSF outside of the spinal cord. This diverts the flow of CSF to another part of the body, usually the abdominal area, where it can be re-absorbed back into the body. It is not well understood whether the CSF pressure relief will minimize or reverse brain damage. 1 in 1000 babies are born with hydrocephalus, my brother being one. He is now almost 17 years old and will soon be going in to have his shunt checked to make sure that it is still long enough and still functioning properly. He has austism, cerebral palsy and is lellagy blind - all caused by his hydrocephalus. All donations will be put towards research to help prevent, treat and even cure the disorder, hydrocephalus.
Please note, this fundraiser is not directly for Austin, but for the Hydrocephalus Association.