Shadrack’s Emergency Situation


Shadrack Otieno (see photo, taken a few weeks ago) is a very special and beloved boy in the Tenderfeet family.

He is having a medical crisis right now, requiring brain surgery. You can read the full story below.

If you want to help, please donate at this link. Please make sure to type “Shadrack” in the “Donation Destination” box. All funds received will go exclusively to Shadrack’s medical needs.

To see how to fill out the donation options, please scroll down for a screenshot.

Shadrack is an orphan who first came to Tenderfeet in 2006. At that time, he suffered terribly from seizures, headaches, and nosebleeds.

He was diagnosed with a brain abscess in late 2006. In March 2007, thanks to some amazing friends, he had a life-saving surgery.

Sadly, he was abandoned by his guardian while he was in the hospital. Mama Margaret became his legal guardian and he has been cared for by her ever since. He recovered completely from the surgery and has been doing great for the past three years.

His ongoing medical care and educational expenses have been sponsored by a wonderful youth group, Corby’s Castle.

Over the past six months, some of Shadrack’s relatives have reached out and wanted to have him come visit. These aren’t the same relatives that abandoned him, and so Margaret arranged for Shadrack’s Aunt Ruth (photo above, on the right) to come pick him up in Nairobi and escort him back to the Kisumu area over the Christmas holiday.

When Shadrack got to his family’s home, he became very ill. Initially, it was believed he was suffering from Malaria. But his condition worsened, and he has had severe headaches and now cannot walk. He is now in critical condition.

A CT scan was done and another abscess was detected. The doctors are recommending he have another surgery to treat the problem. He will be transported by ambulance to Kijabe hospital, near Nairobi. Kijabe is a top-notch and highly respected hospital that has provided great treatment for Lucy.

The surgery and related medical costs are expected to be approximately $3500, which is roughly the same cost as the first surgery. For a brain surgery, at least by American standards, it’s relatively inexpensive.

However, it is still a tremendous amount of money for a small project like Tenderfeet. Any assistance you can provide will be deeply appreciated.

To help save Shadrack, please click here or on the image below. You can donate any amount, but $50 is shown in the image just as an example. Thank you for your prayers and concern.

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