Amos is a one-month-old infant and an only child. His mother is a single parent and unemployed. She works to support both her son and her brothers, who are still in school.
Shortly after he was born, Amos was diagnosed with myelomeningiocele, which is a birth defect where his backbone did not fuse and membranes surrounding his spinal cord did not properly form. This is the most severe form of spina bifida.
Amos was admitted to a different hospital but could not be treated due to lack of funds. He was then referred to a Watsi care center in hopes of receiving treatment there. His mother was able to borrow $10 to cover the transportation costs for this visit.
He will need $1,097 to fund a spina bifida closure procedure. This surgery will close his backbone and prevent him from getting further infections. Surgery is scheduled for September 6.
Amos’s mother hopes he will one day be able to live a normal life free of pain and illness.