Mary is a two-month-old baby girl. She and her mother live with her parents. Her mother and her grandparents work as small scale farmers to make a living. Mary’s mother is the fifth born child in a family of six children.
When Mary’s mother visited the hospital one day before delivering Mary, she was told after an ultrasound that Mary has congenital hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Mary has been experiencing increasing head circumference, which causes her to cry often due to the pain and discomfort she experiences.
Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Mary to receive treatment. On September 13th, Mary will undergo shunt insertion surgery to drain the excess fluid from her brain and relieve the pressure. The surgery will greatly improve Mary’s quality of life, and without treatment, Mary will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Now, Mary’s family needs help raising $765 to fund the cost of her procedure and care.
Mary’s mother shared, “she cries a lot and she does not feed well. I am not at peace. I don’t get enough sleep neither does she. Please help us.”