Esther is an adorable 13-month-old girl with spina bifida, a swelling on her lower back.
After Esther was born, a scan revealed that her brain contained excess fluid. One week later, doctors performed surgery to drain the fluid, but they did not treat her lower back. Having used her savings to fund the first operation, Esther’s mother could not afford a spina bifida repair. However, without treatment, Esther risked further complications and infection.
Fortunately, on November 4, 2016, Esther received a spina bifida closure surgery.
Esther lives with her mother and grandmother in a three-room house in the eastern region of Kenya. Her mother, a single mother, earns her living doing laundry. She cannot afford this $1,097 procedure.
“This is an answered prayer,” says Esther’s mother. “I am touched by the love and kindness I have had from every person I meet. I will appreciate your help as we focus on Esther’s surgical care.”