Meet Maxwell, an eight-day-old boy from Kenya. Maxwell’s mother and Maxwell live in a single-roomed rental house, and his mother works as house cleaner.
When Maxwell was born, he was diagnosed with spina bifida – a birth defect in which the membrane and backbone around the spinal cord are not completely closed off. “If the surgery is not done soon, Maxwell is likely to develop an infection,” explains our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation. “He is also likely to develop spinal complications such as scoliosis and/or tethered cord.”
“My son means everything to me,” Maxwell’s mother says. “He gives me a reason to wake up every day and work hard to give him a better future.” For $805, we can fund Maxwell’s spina bifida closure surgery to reduce any spinal complications and risks of being infected.