Ahmed is a one-month-old boy from Kenya. He was born with an open mass on his back. His parents learned that he had spina bifida, a spinal defect. Without treatment, he risked infection or development of tethered cord syndrome.
Ahmed was immediately referred to a specialist at our medical partner’s care center, BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital. On December 8, he underwent a spina bifida closure procedure.
Ahmed’s family lives in the northeastern region of Kenya. His mother is a housewife, and his father is a long-distance driver. They cannot afford to pay their son’s medical bill. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,097 to fund this procedure.
“In life, we go through some difficult experiences,” says Ahmed’s mother. “They are hard for people to experience, and I think we just have this tendency to want to put our heads down and close our eyes. When you do that, there’s so much that you can miss. What you can miss is the fact that people are better than you ever thought they would be, and that people are so kind and so generous. I have faith that we will get help from Watsi, and I appreciate their willingness to help. I am looking forward to a healthier Ahmed.”