Blessing is a beautiful toddler from Kenya and the only child in his family. His mother stays home helping to raise him, often relying on Blessing’s grandparents for financial help. His father works as a broker in their local market where he is involved in the cattle selling business. The family cannot raise the required amount to cover Blessing’s hospital bill for the treatment she needs.
Blessing has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Blessing’s head has been growing in circumference since birth. It took his mother almost four months before she could take him to the hospital for examination, where he was diagnosed with hydrocephalus and was recommended surgery. They, however, could not afford the procedure until they heard about our medical partner’s surgery program at BethanyKids. Blessing’s surgery has now been scheduled. Without this vital procedure, Blessing will experience severe physical and developmental delays.
Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, needs $720 to cover the cost of this surgery. The surgeons, who will drain the excess fluid from Blessing’s brain, are scheduled to operate place on November 23rd. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life and, with proper treatment, Blessing will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy.
Blessing’s mother says, “It is very hard for me to work and help around as I cannot leave him alone.”