Amon is a Kenyan high school student who, for months, has suffered from headaches, dizziness, and problems with coordination. Recently, Amon was diagnosed with cerebral arteriovenous malformation, a brain condition that can be life-threatening if left untreated.
Doctors at Kijabe hospital tell us that the most likely curative treatment for Amon’s condition is a craniotomy. During the procedure, surgeons will temporarily remove part of Amon’s skull, resect the abnormal vessels, and set his brain up to function normally.
Amon is the fourth of five children. He lives with his parents and siblings in a small village in central Kenya. Amon’s father works as a driver at a coffee farm near their home town and his mother stays home to take care of the children. Amon says he admires his older cousin, and “hopes to be a policeman when he finishes school.” This surgery will help make that possible.