Khamso, a four-month-old boy from Kenya, is “the last-born in a family of two children,” says our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “Khamso’s father works as a casual laborer and Khamso’s mother sells fried potatoes by the roadside to supplement her husband’s income.”
When Khamso was born, doctors initially suspected that he might have hydrocephalus, as his head appeared enlarged. “They ordered a CT scan to verify the diagnosis, and that is when they realized that Khamso has a brain tumor,” says AMHF. “The tumor has affected the drainage of excess CSF fluid from the brain causing hydrocephalus.”
As a result, AMHF shares that “Khamso has high fevers, poor feeding and vomits frequently.”
“If the surgery is not done soon, the increased intra-cranial pressure could result in brain damage and/or death,” AMHF explains. “Khamso is also at risk of becoming visually impaired and suffering dehydration due to the recurrent vomiting.”
$1260 will fund a craniotomy – a procedure that will open the skull to remove the tumor. The treatment cost also covers Khamso’s ten day hospital stay.
This treatment will minimize Khamso’s risk of visual impairment and increased intra-cranial pressure, allowing him to grow up pain-free. “I wish my son quick recovery, I know God has everything aligned out for him,” shares Khamso’s mother.