No. 75: Vaughn Cristoff Z. Pajaron, 1, Myelomeningocele, East Avenue Medical Center
Baby Vaughn had four (4) surgical operations already since he was born. At the time of this writing, he was only nine (9) months old. The surgery was to fix his medical condition by inserting a shunt inside his body. A shunt is a hollow tube surgically place in the brain (or occasionally in the spine) to help drain cerebrospinal fluid and redirect it to another location in the body where it can be absorbed. However, the surgical procedures have developed hydrocephalus in the child. The child’s immune system has been affected, causing him pneumonia that requires closed medical attention. The shunt that supposed to fix his condition, went wrong affecting his scrotum. This would place him for another surgery that can wait for a while until the child regains his energy and healthy physical condition. The mother who is the only one working then for the family couldn’t provide the full nutritional needs of her sick child. The father was on an aggressive job application and hoping to be hired soon for any legal job opportunity that may come first.
The founders of the Chummy Chum Foundation learned the condition of baby Vaughn and immediately sent help through the full cooperation of the Chummy Chum team. Baby Vaughn received cash assistance for his medical management and nourishment, and grocery items to share with the whole family.
(Myelomeningocele is a neural tube defect in which the bones of the spine do not completely form. This results in an incomplete spinal canal. The spinal cord and meninges protrude from the child’s back. This condition may affect as many as 1 out of every 4,000 infants.)