Anne is a one-year-old girl from Haiti. Our medical partner, Project Medishare (PM), reports that “when Anne was born, her mother noticed that her baby’s head was too soft and she cried a lot,” so she brought Anne in for testing. CT scan results revealed that Anne has hydrocephalus.
Hydrocephalus is a condition in which cerebrospinal fluid builds up in the brain, causing the head to enlarge. This can result in brain damage, and can be fatal if left untreated.
Anne’s mother is young and still attending school. Anne and her mother live with her grandmother “who is old and unable to help her with the needs to raise Anne,” adds PM. Anne’s father is also young and is still in school.
Anne’s treatment will cost $1,260, and consists of a hydrocephalus shunt placement to drain out the fluids that have accumulated in her head. This treatment will save Anne’s life, and give her the chance to grow and develop normally.
Anne’s mother shares, “my wish is that the surgery happens successfully, I am looking forward to good results of the treatment that will prevent my baby’s head from getting much larger. I love Anne very much because she is my first baby, I will always love her.”