Rajabu is a 23-month-old boy and is one of five siblings. Early in his life, Rajabu’s mother noticed that his stomach was increasing in size and that he was experiencing excretory dysfunction. She brought him to our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre, to be examined.
She learned that the end of Rajabu’s digestive tract did not form properly. Doctors first performed a colostomy to provide temporary relief of his symptoms.
The next corrective procedure Rajabu needs to undergo is a posterior sagittal anorectoplasty (PSARP). Surgeons will reposition the end of his digestive tract, allowing proper function of the digestive system. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to fund Rajabu’s PSARP surgery on January 9.
Rajabu’s parents are nervous about his upcoming surgery, but they are hopeful. “I hope that my child is able to grow up like other children after surgery,” says Rajabu’s mother.