Angelie Ochwando’s parents surprised doctors at the Reale Hospital in Eldoret to celebrate their daughter’s birthday with the medics after they performed a rare surgery to correct the 3-year-old’s hydrocephalus condition.
Speaking on KTN News on Saturday, June 11, Ochwando’s father revealed that they decided to celebrate their daughter’s third birthday at the hospital as a way of showing gratitude to the doctors.
Hydrocephalus is a condition that causes the head to swell because of fluids in the brain.
Angelie Ochwando’s parents speaking to the media at the Reale Hospital in Eldoret on June 11, 2022.
File The 3-year-old’s father revealed that they realised that something was wrong with their daughter after she was unable to sit because she lacked balance.
He added that the daughter was hospitalised for close to two years before the life-changing surgery was performed.
“We note that the baby started missing some of the milestones that were required, at six months the baby could not sit upright because she could not get her balance,” he explained.
The father added that the doctors were concerned that Ochwando would succumb to brain damage given the pressure the fluids were exerting on the brain, adding that her health improved after the surgery.
“The baby started stabilising, the head stopped enlarging and since then she has been doing well. She is turning 3-years-old and we are grateful and very happy and that is why we are here as a way of saying thank you because they helped us.”
On her part, the mother expressed gratitude to the medics noting that they were worried about the future of their baby.
She added that the decision to bring the daughter back would help her realise the milestone she and the doctors had achieved.
“At least our baby who has at some point made us get stressed can now talk, walk, and has achieved all the milestones. We said that we cannot do it alone so we decide to come back to thank the entire fraternity.
“When she grows up, we shall tell her that this is where it all became possible,” she stated.
During the event, the family of Ochwando shared her birthday cake with the hospital staff.
Surgeons performing surgery on a patient.