Jane is a a 20-year-old student from Kenya with hydrocephalus. Congenital hydrocephalus, which Jane has had since birth, is a buildup of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain that causes the skull to swell, resulting in severe mental and physical health problems.
Growing up, Jane did not begin walking until she was six years old, and her speech development was even more delayed. Jane's family kept her confined to the house most of the time and, as a result, Jane began attending school much later. Despite this, Jane is now in the seventh grade and is working hard to one day become a doctor.
Last August, Jane started losing touch with her senses. She would wander miles away from home, and she complained of a persistent headache. When our medical partner's care center, BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital, hosted a mobile clinic near Jane's village, her congenital hydrocephalus was finally confirmed.
Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of Jane's operation, which is scheduled for June 26. This entails installing a shunt in her brain that will drain the excess fluid and release the pressure on her cranium. If left untreated, Jane's condition will likely cause permanent brain damage, mental disability, and loss of vision.
"I feel sorry for my daughter and wish I did this for her early enough, but I have hope all will be well," Jane's mother says.