Brian is a malnourished four-year-old boy from Uganda who lives with his grandmother and three siblings.
Our medical partner, the Kellermann Foundation, shares that ever since the death of their father, Brian and his siblings “have been staying with their paternal grandmother while their mother works in another village.” The Kellermann Foundation continues, “As a subsistence farmer, it has been difficult for the grandmother to take care of all four children.”
Due to the lack of a healthy diet and subsequent low protein levels, Brian developed severe malnutrition and accompanying oedema–abnormal fluid accumulation in the body’s cells or tissues. Additional symptoms include both respiratory distress and diarrhea.
With $375, we can cover the cost of intravenous drugs for Brian’s respiratory condition, cannulation and intubation for nutrients and/or vitamins, and a hospital stay for recuperation. With additional nutritional care, Brian will be able to play with the other children in the village and fetch water.
Brian’s mother, who plans to subsidize one dollar of her son’s treatment, shares, “Thank you to everyone supporting me and my child. It has been difficult to pay bills on my own.”