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Baby Fidelis undergoes surgery for life-threatening defect

Baby Fidelis Muthoni underwent a successful surgery at a  Canadian hospital on Tuesday to cure a frontal bone defect known as Frontal Encephalocele.

The one and a half year-old toddler resuscitated from the surgery and is reported to be in a stable condition.

A Kenyan nurse based in Canada, who is also hosting the baby and her mother, said that the baby had woken up fine after the surgery.

Through her Facebook account, Irene Njoroge said: “We give glory to God for baby Fidelis! After a very long wait, she has come out of the OR awake and breathing on her own. Doctors say the surgery was a success!”

Baby Fidelis Muthoni with her mother at Toronto Pearson International Airport. PHOTO | COURTESY
Baby Fidelis Muthoni with her mother at Toronto Pearson International Airport. PHOTO | COURTESY

Baby Fidelis’ defect, which saw her develop a growth on her forehead, is a rare condition caused by a build-up of cerebral spinal fluid accumulating in the brain.

The ever-smiling toddler hit the headlines mid this year when a relative, who had been entrusted to fund-raise  for her treatment abroad, allegedly pocketed the Sh2.8million that he had collected.

The suspect, Joseph Wanjau Alejandro was reported to have withdrawn the funds without the knowledge of Baby Fidelis’ parents and thereafter went into hiding.

He was later arrested and charged with theft. The case is still ongoing.

Well-wishers, including President Uhuru Kenyatta who donated Sh500,000, came to the family’s aid and in August Baby Fidelis and her mother, Martha Wambui, left the country for Canada.