Mary is a two-week-old infant from Kenya. She is the only child to her 19-year-old mother, who is a high school student.
Mary has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Mary has been experiencing an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, Mary will experience severe physical and developmental delays.
Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Mary that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on December 21 and will drain the excess fluid from Mary’s brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Mary will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl.
Mary’s mother says, “I wish to see my child treated and lead a normal life.”