Jonas is the second child in his family from Tanzania, born on October 5th, 2015. He is a happy little baby boy. When Jonas turned four months old, his mother noticed that his forehead was increasing in size. As time went on, the shape of his eyes also changed.
She took him to the hospital, but was referred to a different hospital and did not go right away due to the lack of money. Jonas can no longer see properly and he needs surgery to be done to prevent further brain damage. He was diagnosed with hydrocephalus - or an abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in his brain.
Jonas’ parents are small scale farmers and they mostly rely on growing and selling maize, peanuts, sunflower seeds and tomatoes. The little that they earn is not enough to cover their basic needs as well as the cost of surgery which Jonas needs.
For $775, Jonas will undergo surgery to relieve the swelling and reduce the pain that he is experiencing. Jonas’ parents are praying for their son to get well and grow up like other children. Following surgery, he is expected to make a full recovery. Let’s help make it possible!