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Nancy, a native of Kenya, lost her first husband to a road accident in 2008. After remarrying, she developed a goiter, or abnormal swelling of the thyroid gland. As her health declined, Nancy was ejected from her new husband’s home—leaving the 34-year-old with three children to care for, and no ability to bring in an income because of her goiter. Although she used to earn money as a casual laborer, “Nancy has not been able to attend to any work since her condition started,” explains our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Nancy’s goiter, which is located on her neck, makes it difficult for her to swallow anything. “She also gets numb on her neck and has blood pressure problems,” adds AMHF. “She cannot perform even menial duties, as she also faints from time to time.” As a result, Nancy is forced to rely on donations from charitable organizations to feed and house herself and her children. In the future, “if not treated, Nancy may develop goiter-related complications such as palpitations.” Fortunately, Nancy’s condition is curable. For $640, we can sponsor the surgery that Nancy desperately needs, but cannot afford: a subtotal thyroidectomy. In this procedure, doctors will remove the majority of her two thyroid lobes, leaving just enough tissue to keep the gland functioning. $640 will also cover expenses for Nancy to recuperate in the hospital for three days after her operation. Nancy looks forward to being free of her goiter so that she can return to work. “I just want to raise my children and not to rely on support for everything, including food,” she shares.

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Evan is reserved and seems hesitant to talk much. His sister-in-law, who accompanied him, tells me Evan is worried because he has been informed that he will need surgery on his thyroid. His default demeanor, as she tells me, is talkative and jovial. This news however, hinders that. Throughout our talk, I try to reassure him that many patients have a similar condition and have undergone successful treatment. Psychologically however, Evan has been too deeply affected to be put at ease by my words. Evan is especially nervous about the possibility of complications arising from the surgery. If Evan does not receive treatment the chances of the goiter increasing in size will loom and could potentially lead to complications with breathing and swallowing. Evan has had the swell for the last 8 years. This visit to Kijabe is his first time ever in a hospital. When he began to notice breathing problems this April he decided it was time to finally pay the hospital a visit. Upon consultation, Evan was diagnose with a goiter and surgery was recommended. Unfortunately, Evan is unable to raise the amount needed for the operation and is in need of financial assistance. Evan makes a living from casual labor - getting employment when he can in places that do not require specialized skills. On the whole, unskilled labor is seasonal work, thus resulting in sporadic income for Evan. A difficult reality for many Kenyans, Evan included, is a lack of continued education due to funds. This makes it difficult for Evans to make any more money than he does now. The work he does now earns him about $5.00 a day. The likelihood of Evan saving up $400.00 is slim, and thus he must turn elsewhere for help with his treatment.

$640raised
Fully funded