Whitney is a one-month-old baby girl from Kenya. Her father works as a mechanic and her mother stays at home to look after her.
When Whitney was born, she was diagnosed with spina bifida, a condition in which the spine does not fully form around the spinal cord. A few days after receiving spina bifida treatment through our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, Whitney was also diagnosed with hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus is a condition characterized by the build up of excess fluids in the brain that can result in increased intracranial pressure, delayed brain development, and permanent brain damage.
On July 6, Whitney will undergo brain surgery to drain the excess fluid from her head. Her family is requesting $685 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care.
“I thought we were done but at least this has been detected early. We hope we can get help from Watsi,” says Whitney’s father.