The world responds with love for Kenyan baby with Sh123Million raised in record time

The world responds with love for Kenyan baby Ayah Lundt with Sh123Million raised in record time after CNN feature

Kenyans teamed up with other well-wishers to raise funds for baby Ayah Lundt who needs Ksh 230 Million for the treatment of a rare genetic disease.

Shortly after her plight was highlighted by CNN, more than Ksh 108,590,000 was raised within an hour with more funds trickling in.

An online fundraiser at the crowdfunding platform, GoFundMe has so far realised over Ksh 123 million ($1,134,350) with more trickling in by the minute.

14 months-old Ayah who lives with her Danish father, Frank Lundt, and Kenyan mother Mary Mithika in Denmark was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) in November 2020 when she was just but nine months old. 

File image of baby Ayah Lundt surrounded by her family: Courtesy

“I think about the cost every day, and it weighs me down. And then I look at Ayah and see her getting worse. As a parent, what would you do if you knew there’s something out there that can save your child?” said her mother during an interview with CNN.

“We just want what every parent wants — the best for their child,” she added, saying that she would love to see her daughter play with her other sibling whose already 2 years old.” She added. 

SMA is a rare genetic disease that affects 1 in 10000 children.

It affects the central nervous system, voluntary skeletal muscle movement, and the peripheral nervous system (the connection between the central nervous system and the rest of the body). 

Ayah Lundt on Oxygen supply after being diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) in November 2020

However, the drug being sought after, Zolgensma, does not reportedly guarantee cure. Even though she may receive the life-saving treatment, her mother believes that she may remain disabled for the rest of her life. 

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