“I hope my son will be able to walk again so he can start going to kindergarten like his brother,” shares Ezekia’s mother. Ezekia is a five-year-old boy from Tanzania. Before falling ill, he was very active and loved playing around with his twin brother. Now, however, Ezekia is living with hydrocephalus—a condition in which the normal flow of cerebrospinal fluid is blocked, causing a build up of excessive fluid in the ventricles of the brain.
Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), tells us, “Ezekia can barely walk without support. He involuntarily shakes his head continuously, and the weight of his head is getting heavier for his body to support. If not treated, Ezekia will lose his vision, stop walking and completely become dependent.”
AMHF explains, “Ezekia’s mother is now a single parent after her husband left her because of their son’s condition. She works hard to take care of her two children, but she does not have a reliable job. She holds a range of jobs, from garden work to selling fruits, just to earn something for her family. She needs financial support so that Ezekia can get the treatment he needs.”
With $690 in funding, Ezekia will receive surgery to place a shunt in his brain. This shunt will divert the blocked cerebrospinal fluid to another area of his body where it can be absorbed normally.
Following surgery, Ezekia will regain his vision and be able to move independently. Ezekia will be able to play with his brother and go to kindergarten just like his mother dreams.