Jefferson is an eight-day-old baby from Kenya. He is an only child to his young parents.
Jefferson was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Jefferson is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays.
Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,097 to cover the cost of Jefferson’s spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 21. This procedure will hopefully spare Jefferson from the risks associated with his condition, instead allowing him to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory.
“I really have faith that things will work out,” shares Jefferson’s mother.