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Urgent Surgery for a Baby with an Occipital Encephalocele

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THE STORY:

Children with special needs in impoverished communities often die due to lack of medical help. Vanessa Rose is 5 months old and was born with an occipital encephalocele. She requires emergency surgery to repair the encephalocele before the surrounding skin breaks down further, causing a potentially life threatening infection. She also requires VP shunt surgery. Additionally she will be having an orthopedic and renal assessment. Encephaloceles are rare birth defects associated with skull defects characterized by partial lacking of bone fusion leaving a gap through which a portion of the brain sticks out (protrudes). In some cases, cerebrospinal fluid or the membranes that cover the brain (meninges) may also protrude through this gap. The portion of the brain that sticks outside the skull is usually covered by skin or a thin membrane so that the defect resembles a small sac. Protruding tissue may be located on any part of the head, but most often affects the back of the skull (occipital area). Most encephaloceles are large and significant birth defects that are diagnosed before birth. However, in extremely rare cases, some encephaloceles may be small and go unnoticed. The exact cause of encephaloceles is unknown, but most likely the disorder results from the combination of several factors (multifactorial).

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$880

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  • Megan Gilbert-Dahl

    $25

  • Vanda High

    $100

  • Michelle Galuszka

    $5

  • Jaime Vanchura

    $100

  • seana

    $10

  • Zina Spezakis

    $25

  • Carla

    $20

  • Christina Upchurch

    $15

  • Rachel Meredith

    $10

  • Anonymous

     

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Kaylynn Raulerson

    $25

  • Amy Swindle

    $125

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • The Pharis family

    $10

  • Sarah Johnston

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Amanda Vanderford

    $50

  • Donnie Statom

    $25

  • Mary Hood

    $100

  • Barbara J. Erickson

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Shirley Ferrara

    $35

  • Anonymous

    $25

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22% Raised of $4,000 Goal

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The Team: $880 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Donor Comments

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

God bless you sweetheart! 2 years ago

Shirley Ferrara

Shirley Ferrara

DONATION: $35

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Barbara J. Erickson

Barbara J. Erickson

DONATION: $25

My little great-granddaughter was born with the same thing. God Bless all these children with these terrible conditions to overcome. 2 years ago

Mary Hood

Mary Hood

DONATION: $100

So hope this child survives 2 years ago

Donnie Statom

Donnie Statom

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Amanda Vanderford

Amanda Vanderford

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $20

Betty B 2 years ago

Sarah Johnston

Sarah Johnston

DONATION: $10

2 years ago

The Pharis family

The Pharis family

DONATION: $10

I'm sorry it's not a lot, but I hope it helps! Bless this baby, donors and this wonderful organization! 2 years ago