Meet Julius, a newborn living in Tanzania! Julius was born with an open myelomenigocele with hydrocephalus. This means that Julius is leaking cerebral spinal fluid from his back. This condition is lethal. If left untreated, he will develop sepsis and become dehydrated.
Julius was born during a rainstorm. His parents were unable to arrange transportation to the hospital for days after his birth. They are cattle farmers who support their two children as well as their extended family, and therefore cannot afford Julius’ operation.
His parents say, “Julius is our answered prayer. After getting a baby girl, we prayed for a baby boy and the Lord blessed us with one. It is our prayer that he will survive and grow up like other children and later on be helpful to us and the society at large.”
$1025 will pay for a myelomenigocele closure and a ventriculoperitoneal shunt insertion. This will cause the cerebral spinal fluid to stop leaking and allow Julius to learn how to sit up. Help us allow Julius to continue learning and growing!