Nila is a 6-month-old twin baby from Kenya. Nila’s parents separated immediately after Nila and her twin sister were born. After the separation, her father does not support them in any way. They currently live with their grandmother, who sells fish for a living. To help provide for the family, Nila’s mother does casual jobs like working on her neighbors’ farms. She earns enough to pay her NHIF (National Health Insurance Fund) but cannot raise the needed amount to fund Nila’s urgent surgery needs.
Nila has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result, Nila has been experiencing fevers, vomiting, sunset eyes, and an increasing head circumference for the last month. Her mother has been working to get her specialized treatment since she was diagnosed with the condition. Once she was able to connect with our medical partner through a mobile clinic conducted in her hometown, Nila was referred to our medical partner’s main hospital, and urgent surgery was scheduled. Without treatment, Nila will experience severe physical and developmental delays.
The procedure is scheduled to take place on November 1st. During the procedure, surgeons will drain the excess fluid from Nila’s brain, thus reducing intracranial pressure and significantly improving her quality of life. With proper treatment, Nila will develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $685 to cover the surgery cost.
Nila’s mother said, “It has been very hard for me to take care of Nila for the past month because of the negativity I receive from my family, friends, and the community at large.”