Xiah Mhae is 2 years, 10 months old. She was born with Cloacal Malformation. She desperately needs surgery to correct this malformation.
Children in the Philippines who live in extreme poverty lack access to quality healthcare. They are often denied assistance, and for medically complex children, that can be a death sentence. Children like Xiah Mhae are not so fortunate.
What is a cloaca?
Early in the development of a female fetus, the tissue that is supposed to become the intestinal, genital, and urinary tracts are together in one unit known as a “cloaca.” These three typically separate as a pregnancy proceeds, creating the anus, the vagina, and the urethra.
In rare cases (1 in every 50,000 babies), this process does not work properly and these tracts do not separate from one another completely. A female is said to have developed a “persistent cloaca” when these three tracts open into one common cavity, with one opening from the body.
Her father is a high school graduate but fortunate to find a stable job- take home pay is around $7 USD a day. Her mother is housewife - she used to work as offshore worker in Singapore before the child was born.
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