Natalia is a five-month-old baby girl from Kenya. She is the younger of two children in her family. Natalia was born with spina bifida, meaning her spine is not fully formed. She also had hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulated in her head.
At one month of age, Natalia underwent surgery to treat her hydrocephalus. On November 4, 2016, she underwent spina bifida treatment at our medical partner’s hospital, BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital. This procedure should prevent infection or the development of another condition called tethered cord.
Natalia lives with her older sister and parents in a rental house in the Nairobi suburbs. Natalia’s mother is a stay-at-home mother, and her father is a butcher. They cannot afford to pay the $1,097 cost of this procedure, and they need our help.
“It’s a tough battle, but I believe we will get through,” says Natalia’s mother. “We are not even able to raise a single cent towards this, but since God is in control, I believe all will be well.”