Shedrack is a two-year-old boy living in Tanzania with his parents and extended family. The family operates a small scale farm to support themselves. Shedrack is an active, playful, and curious child. When Shedrack was around a year old, his parents noticed that his head was swelling and he was experiencing frequent fevers.
Concerned by the continued swelling, his parents took him to a local hospital, where he was diagnosed with hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus is a condition causing excessive fluid build up in the brain. Doctors have recommended that Shedrack undergo surgery to help ease the pressure in his head. If he does not receive the required treatment, the pressure on his brain could put him at risk for permanent brain damage.
Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,238 to fund Shedrack’s surgery, which will be performed on July 8. Shedrack’s parents are worried about his future but are hopeful that with treatment, he will grow up happy and healthy. Shedrack’s mother says, “I hope that my child gets the surgery because he has bad head pains and I want him to feel well.”