Singano was born on March 21, 2016 at a big hospital in their town in Tanzania. Singano was diagnosed with MMC (Meningomyelocele), congenital hydrocephalus, as well as clubfoot. His head is too big and difficult to hold. An open wound in his back is leaking cerebral spinal fluid. Singano is at risk of getting infection as well as other medical problems if not treated.
Two days after birth, Singano was referred to a different hospital for further management of his conditions. Singano cries a lot and is still not able to breast feed well. He is the fifth born in the family and all family members are hopping that proper treatment will save his life.
Singano’s mother used to have her own small business of selling second hand clothes, but she had to quit her job a few months before giving birth to her son. His father is an artist – he does some painting work as well as crafting. They work hard to care for their five children, three of whom are in school. As much as they want the best treatment for their son, coming up with enough money to cover the cost of operation which Singano immediately needs is impossible.
$1,200 will fund the surgery he needs, as well as all post-operative care in the hospital. After surgery, the cerebral spinal fluid will no longer leak from Singano’s lower back, his head circumference will not continue to increase in size, and Singano may not lose his vision.
Singano’s mother is grateful for the care given to her son. “I just hope that my son will get well, start breastfeeding, stop crying most of the time and grow up like his siblings,” she shares.