Malik was born in Tanzania on April 11, 2016. He is the first child to his parents. When Malik was born, a large part of his head was softer than usual. Malik’s mother thought with time it might become normal, but when her son turned a month old, the size of his head slowly started to increase. She took him to the hospital and she was referred to another hospital, where he was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, or an accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain. Lack of money to travel for further management of hydrocephalus forced Malik’s parents to just stay at home.
They eventually heard of the Plaster House, a Watsi partner, though word of mouth. That was when they decided to bring their son for treatment. Malik’s vision is already blurred, but he feeds well. He still has no trunk control due to the size of his head. Malik needs surgery to prevent further brain damage, but his parents are unable to afford the high cost.
Malik’s mother is currently not working at all due to Malik’s condition. His father runs a small business of selling vegetables and fruits. They are all living at Malik’s parents’ house also getting some support from their parents. The little that they earn is not enough to cover the cost of surgery which Malik badly needs.
“I just wish my baby will get well and grow up like other children,” said Malik’s mother.