Mother of 5 appeals for medical help
A mother of 5 in the sprawling Mororo slums in Madogo of Tana River County urgently requires Sh200, 000 to enable her 3 month old baby who is suffering from hydrocephalus (buildup of too much cerebrospinal fluid in the brain) undergo a head surgery to extract the fluids at Kijabe mission hospital.
Faith Kasangi Mwendwa 36, who hails from Mwingi, Kitui County told KNA outside her mud house that the condition of Jeremiah Chuma started two weeks after she gave birth to him normally at the Garissa referral hospital on 4thDecember 2016.
Mwendwa said after birth she noticed that the infant’s skull was not properly formed at the back.“I thought the opening will close but to my surprise the condition worsened,” she said.
The single mother took Chuma back to Garissa referral hospital where he was admitted for a month during which he was diagnosed with pneumonia. The head started swelling while he was undergoing treatment.
Medics at the hospital referred the boy to Kijabe mission hospital on 5th of February and eventually the hospital management offered an ambulance to rush him there.
However, on arrival the mother was shocked when the management asked for Sh200, 000 cash deposit before the infant could be admitted. She was forced to travel back with the same ambulance because she could not raise the huge amount.
Since doctors at Garissa referral hospital were at the time on strike, she retreated to her home with the sick baby whose condition continue to deteriorate by the day. Mwendwa who does manual work to eke a living lamented that she cannot go out to fend for her children because the sick boy totally depends on her.
“Already my eldest daughter has been sent home and she is staying with my parents in Ukambani,” she said. The single mother therefore appealed to well-wishers to help her raise the required medical fee.
Those willing to assist can reach her on cell phone number 0701534714
According to online sources hydrocephalus is the buildup of too much cerebrospinal fluid in the brain. Normally, this fluid cushions the brain. An unusually large head is the main symptom of congenital hydrocephalus.
The US national library of medicine states that hydrocephalus can be congenital, or present at birth. Causes include genetic problems and problems with how the fetus develops.
Hydrocephalus can also occur after birth. When this happens, it is referred to as acquired hydrocephalus. It can occur at any age. Causes can include head injuries, strokes, infections, tumors, and bleeding in the brain.
Other symptoms on the other hand include headache, vomiting, nausea, blurry vision, balance problems, bladder control problems, thinking and memory problems.
Hydrocephalus can permanently damage the brain and cause problems to physical and mental development. If untreated, it is usually fatal but with proper medication many victims lead almost normal lives with few limitations.
Treatment usually involves surgery to insert a shunt (a flexible but sturdy plastic tube). The shunt moves the cerebrospinal fluid to another area of the body where it can be absorbed. Medicine and rehabilitation therapy can also help.
By Jacob Songok