Meet Jennie, a one-month-old baby girl from Haiti. Jennie was born with hydrocephalus—a buildup of fluid within the brain.
According to our medical partner, Project Medishare (PM), “A couple days after Jennie was born she started vomiting after taking the breast. She cries a lot and her head is soft and a little bit swollen. Her mother decided to take Jennie to the hospital, but it was not equipped and referred them to our facilities, where they performed a CT scan and determined that surgical intervention was required.”
If left untreated, Jennie could experience brain damage, physical and mental delays, pain, dizziness, or even death.
“Jennie is the third kid in her family and her mother is the only one fighting to raise the kids. Jennie’s father doesn’t have a job; he hardly supports Jennie’s mother, and he cannot take care of the family. Jennie’s mother is a babysitter and she used to do laundry to make some additional money to help her kids,” PM shares.
With $1,260 in funding, Jennie will undergo a procedure called a hydrocephalus shunt placement, in which the excess fluid will be drained from her brain cavities and a shunt will be placed to keep fluid from building up. PM reports that Jennie has very high chances of making a full recovery.
PM shares, “After the surgery she will be able to live a healthy life.”