Suzan is four months old and lives in Tanzania with her parents and four siblings. Since she was two months old, Suzan has suffered from a condition known as hydrocephalus, or a buildup of cerebrospinal fluid in her brain.
“The circumference of Suzan’s head is increasing due to increased intracranial pressure,” shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). As a result of her condition, Suzan experiences fluctuating fevers and loss in appetite. “If not treated, Suzan will be at risk of losing her vision.”
Suzan’s parents work as small scale farmers and do not have the income to fund her treatment. Her parents have “had to sell their only goat to get bus fare to bring their daughter to the hospital,” her doctor shares.
For $775, Suzan will receive surgery to treat the buildup of fluid in her brain, eliminate the risk of going blind, and to help her continue with normal growth.
Suzan’s mother adds, “I hope our baby will get well, continue with normal growth and later on, go to school like other children.”