Billkiss is a baby from Kenya. She is the youngest in a family of two. Her mother is a single mother.
Billkiss was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Billkiss is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays.
Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,097 to cover the cost of Billkiss’s spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 14. This procedure will hopefully spare Billkiss from the risks associated with her condition, instead allowing her to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory.
Billkiss’s mother says, “My hope is to see my child treated and lead a normal life.”