Saidi is an 8-month-old boy from central Tanzania, where he lives in a mud house with his family. His parents farm their piece of land and work as laborers to pay tuition for Saidi’s five siblings.
Saidi’s head has been progressively enlarging. He is moody and regularly vomits. Saidi’s mother traveled for eight hours to visit a Watsi medical partner, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC). Doctors determined that Saidi requires a $775 shunt insertion to drain excess cerebrospinal fluid in his head. Unfortunately, Saidi’s family has no means to pay for this surgery.
ALMC doctors expect that surgery will reduce the pressure in Saidi’s head and his symptoms will gradually cease. Hopefully, Saidi will make a full recovery. Saidi’s mother is looking forward to returning home with her son.