This guy is two-month-old Kaung from Burma. His father works as a driving assistant, earning just enough to meet the family’s basic needs.
Kaung was born with hydrocephalus as well as a cleft lip. “The pressure of the liquid in his brain pushes Kaung’s eyes downwards,” says our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP). “Because of his cleft lip his mother isn’t able to breastfeed him…so he has to use a little slit in the teat of the babies milk bottle to help him feed.”
In addition to the potential for longer term cognitive developmental challenges, Kaung is experiencing heart palpitations and difficulty breathing.
While Kaung’s parents are worried about their child and being unable to cover the cost of his care, they are doing the best they can to give their son everything he needs in life. “Once Kaung gets better, his mother hopes that he will be educated in the future,” the BBP team writes. “His father hopes that Kaung will be able to go to international school, and he says that he will try his best to provide a good life for his son.”
$1200 will cover the cost of the ventriculoperitoneal shunt surgery which Kaung needs to drain the fluid accumulating in Kaung’s head due to hydrocephalus. “After treatment, the size of Kaung’s head will reduce to normal size,” BBP tells us. “Once the fluid is drained he will be able to support his head unassisted. His eye condition will improve and he will have more energy. When he has healed from the shunt operation, he will be able to receive treatment for his cleft lip.”