Carmen Madison Bice was born with a condition called Hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus, more commonly known as “water on the brain,” is a condition where excessive Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) accumulates around the brain. In Carmen’s case, the CSF would not drain down the spinal column as it should, this created abnormal pressure in her head. In order to alleviate this fluid and the pressure, a small mechanical shunt was implanted in her head. This shunt would drain the CSF into her abdomen where it would be absorbed by her body.
The following definition of Hydrocephalus was taken directly from the Hydrocephalus Association’s website: hydroassoc.org. Please visit their website for more details about Hydrocephalus and the research they are doing to help find a cure.
“Hydrocephalus comes from the Greek words hydro meaning water and cephalus meaning head.
Hydrocephalus is an abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) within cavities in the brain called ventricles. Cerebrospinal fluid is produced in the ventricles and in the choroid plexus. It circulates through the ventricular system in the brain and is absorbed into the bloodstream. This fluid is in constant circulation and has many functions, including to surround the brain and spinal cord and act as a protective cushion against injury. It contains nutrients and proteins necessary for the nourishment and normal function of the brain, and carries waste products away from surrounding tissues.
Hydrocephalus occurs when there is an imbalance between the amount of CSF that is produced and the rate at which it is absorbed. As the CSF builds up, it causes the ventricles to enlarge and the pressure inside the head to increase.”
At this time there is no cure for Hydrocephalus, there are only treatments. The Hydrocephalus Association is working towards finding a cure. Carmen’s Angel Fund is a proud supporter of the Hydrocephalus Association.
Carmen’s Angel Fund was set up by Brian and Melissa Bice in memory of their daughter Carmen who lost her battle with Hydrocephalus on February 28, 2019. Carmen’s Angel Fund has participated in Walks to End Hydrocephalus over the past 2 years and has raised over $3,000 for Hydrocephalus research. This is the primary focus for Carmen’s Angel Fund and our mission is to continue to work with the Hydrocephalus Association in this fight.