“Rona’s four elder siblings are always asking where their little sister is,” shares the mother of Rona, a baby girl from Kenya.
At only 19 days old, Rona was diagnosed with spina bifida. In this condition, the spine is not fully formed at birth, leaving the spinal cord vulnerable. Fortunately, her family was able to pull their savings together to pay for emergency surgery to remedy this problem in early October of this year.
But Rona’s spina bifida also led her to develop hydrocephalus, an excessive build-up of fluid in the cranium. If this disorder is not treated, Rona is at a risk of brain damage, vision loss, and even death.
Already struggling after Rona’s father recently lost his main job as a personal driver, her family was barely able to pay for Rona’s first surgery. Now, they need your help raising money for her hydrocephalus procedure on October 26.
During this operation, doctors will insert a shunt to reroute fluid to away from her brain and towards another part of her body. When we reach our total fundraising goal of $685, we can pay for Rona’s operation, five-day hospital stay, and lab tests.
“I am hoping to take her back home in good health,” says Rona’s mother.