At only 27 weeks pregnant, Kalenga underwent an emergency C-section. She gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, Shema. While Kalenga was at 27 weeks, Shema only measured 23 weeks due to a lack of oxygen. Shema was born weighting only 1 lb 5 oz.
Shema will be in the NICU at a hospital in Rochester for at least 5 months and will probably require significant medical care after he is released.
Despite having medical insurance her insurance will only cover 90% of her and Shema's care. She will be responsible for the other 10%.
Due to the care that Shema will require we are unsure when Kalenga will be able to return to Graduate School in Ithaca. We are raising funds for medical expenses, after-care expenses for Shema, and living expenses for Kalenga until she can return to Graduate School.