Nit is a seven-year-old girl who lives with her mother and brother in Thailand. She also has two older sisters who sell noodles in the city in order to help support the family. Nit is in first grade and, according to her school teacher, is one of the brightest students in the class. Unfortunately, her recent neurological condition has affected her studies.
Not long ago, Nit’s family noticed that Nit began to cry more frequently, became easily irritable, and developed a tilted head and dropping eyes. Upon visiting the hospital, Nit underwent a CT scan. Doctors noticed that there is fluid built up in Nit’s head, a defining characteristic of hydrocephalus, and advised insertion of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt in order to drain the fluid as quickly as possible. Without treatment, Nit is at risk of suffering severe physical and developmental delays.
Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Nit’s surgery, which is scheduled to take place on May 19. The shunt will reduce the pressure on Nit’s brain by draining the excess fluid and, once inserted and functionally operating, will allow Nit to develop along a healthy trajectory.