Children in the Philippines who live in extreme poverty lack access to quality healthcare. They are often denied assistance and are unable to afford necessities to improve their quality of life.
Meet Janrick Claude.
He has spina bifida - a myelomenigocele* - and is 11 months old.
He was supposed to go to a hospital next week for surgery, but his parents have no money to pay for it. His father lost his job due to the pandemic.
In the Philippines if you can't pay for surgery, it doesn't happen.
From the outside, he may look like a healthy little boy. Chubby cheeks and plump legs. But wounds are opening up on his myelomeningocele, putting him at serious risk of life-threatening infections.
He needs this surgery as soon as possible!
We need $6620 to cover his surgery, Covid swab tests, and other incidentals.
His parents will be getting the swab tests on Monday and once they get the results back, he will be admitted.
We move quickly, but we have to, to save his life.
Can you help Janrick?
Myelomeningocele is a severe form of spina bifida in which the spinal cord and nerves develop outside of the body and are contained in a fluid-filled sac that is visible outside of the back area. These babies typically have weakness and loss of sensation below the sac.