Samuel is a four-month old baby boy from coastal Kenya. He is the only child of his parents, who love him dearly.
Samuel was born prematurely at 32 weeks. One month before he was born, he was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition where excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and causes the skull to swell. If left untreated, Samuel will likely suffer brain damage and lose his sight.
Doctors recommend that Samuel have surgery to drain the excess fluid from his head and reduce the pressure in his brain. However, because Samuel’s parents are subsistence farmers, they can’t afford the operation.
On August 2, Samuel will undergo surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to fund the treatment.
“It pains us to see our only child in pain,” says Samuel’s mother. “We long to have a happy child in our home.”