Emmanuel is a baby from Kenya. He is the youngest of three children, and they reside in the rift valley region. His parents are farmers.
Emmanuel was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Emmanuel is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays.
Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,097 to cover the cost of Emmanuel’s spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 26. This procedure will hopefully spare Emmanuel from the risks associated with his condition, instead allowing him to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory.
“Some good Samaritans funded our travel expenses since we were not able to. The cost of surgery is too much and no matter how much we tried, we cannot raise such funds,” shares Emmanuel’s mother.