Peninnah is a young girl from Kenya. She is the fourth born in a family of five children. The family is not financially well off. Her father, the breadwinner, makes and sells charcoal. To help provide for the family, her mother does jobs like fetching firewood and laundry for her neighbors. They cannot raise the required amount to pay for the hospital bill.
Peninnah has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her illness, Peninnah has been experiencing fevers and severe headaches since she was three months old.
Her parents never managed to get specialized treatment for her until last week when they gathered some funds and took her to one of the hospitals in their home county. She was then referred to our medical partner’s care center Bethany Kids where a CT scan was done, and her diagnosis was made.
Now she has been scheduled for surgery, and her family is requesting financial support to make her care possible. Without treatment, Peninnah will experience severe physical and developmental delays.
Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $720 to cover the surgery cost. The procedure will drain the excess fluid from Peninnah’s brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and significantly improve her quality of life. Peninnah will develop into a strong, healthy young girl with proper treatment.
Peninnah’s mother says, “We did not have money for her treatment, but we decided to try again before giving up. I’m grateful that we now know that she can be treated.”