Sana is a two-year-old baby girl, living with her parents and nine siblings. Her mother is a homemaker, while her father is employed as a delivery truck driver. But steady work is hard to find, and their family doesn’t have health insurance to help cover the medical costs for Sana.
Sana, who was diagnosed with hydrocephalus at birth, has already had a long journey to good health. Two days after she was born, she had shunts put in her head to help drain the excessive fluids that built up in her brain. When her mother noticed that the shunts weren’t working, and Sana’s head was still increasing in size, she took Sana back to the doctor, and new shunts were put into place. Sana has had three surgeries in the span of three months, but the shunts are still not adequately draining the fluid from her head.
After the third shunt revision surgery, her mother gave up on her treatment, as she was not getting any better. A friend later referred her to BethanyKids Hospital, but when they went there, Sana’s mother found that the hospital didn’t have a neurosurgeon. A year later, Sana and her mother returned to the hospital and Sana is now finally scheduled for the surgery she needs to heal on May 18th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $666 to pay for this life-changing procedure for Sana.
Sana’s mother says: “We have hope that Sana will be treated.”