Kyatusiimire is a farmer and mother of five from Western Uganda. She came to Nyakibale hospital with a lipoma that has caused her discomfort for nearly 2 years. She was managing the pain with pain medication but recently, the pain has become more severe. Doctors advise that she needs to undergo surgery to remove the mass. Kyatusiime hopes treartment will help her to finally get well and resume her work with ease. On May 11th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Kyatusiimire needs help to raise $196 to fund this procedure. Kyatusiime shared, “I hope that with this surgery, I will be relieved from pain and continue with farming to sustain my family.”
Nasasira is a 3-year-old and his parents brought him to Nyakibale Hospital seeking treatment for a concerning inguinal swelling that has caused him pain for the past 6 months. His parents are farmers who grow food for their family to eat and sell the rest to make ends meet. On May 11th, surgeons will remove his mass, which will free Nasasira of his pain and discomfort so he can grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. Nasasira's mother shared, “I only hope it will be possible for my son to continue to grow properly after the healing process."
Akankunda is a student majoring in biology, chemistry, and mathematics and hopes to pursue a career in medicine. For the past 10 years, she has had a swelling on her wrist. Recently the swelling became painful, affecting her hand's utility. She was reviewed by a surgeon at Nyakibale Hospital who recommended to excise the swollen mass, as she is unable to easily use her left hand. On May 11th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Akankunda's family needs help to raise $196 to fund this procedure. Akankunda says: “I really believe that once I get your support, I will be able to undergo surgery so that I can have a functional hand and resume my studies.”
Kanyesigye is a father of two and works with his wife on his small farm, cultivating maize, beans, and potatoes for home consumption and selling the surplus to make a living. Kanyesigye came to Nyakibale Hospital with complaints of a persistent swell on his left hand for the last two years. He is not able to lift heavy loads, and often feels both pain and itchiness. The pain is more pronounced when he strains his hand, and he has been managing the pain with medication. Kanyesigye has been diagnosed with a lipoma that needs to be removed. However, his family is not financially able to meet the cost of his surgery. Kanyesigye traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On March 9th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Kanyesigye needs help to raise $196 to fund this procedure. Kanyesigye shared, "I look forward to a successful surgery to regain my hand's ability to perform heavy tasks. Please help me."
Niwabiine is a 46-year-old farmer from Western Uganda. She has four children and is solely in charge of providing for them since she lost her husband in 2010. Through farming passion fruit, carrots, and cabbage, she is able to provide for her family. For over 15 years, Niwabiine has had a lipoma on her left hand. Initially, it was growing gradually and was painless. Recently though, she has experienced pain and swelling, limiting the use of her left hand. Efforts to seek treatment were difficult initially and Niwabiine managed with medicine. When she was examined at a local hospital, she was diagnosed with a left axillary lipoma that requires excision. Without treatment, she will continue to have persistent pain and the lipoma will continue to grow. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Niwabiine to receive treatment. Niwabiine traveled to AMH's care center and on March 9th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, she needs help to raise $196 to fund this procedure. Niwabiine shared, “I always found it hard to have surgery since I never had the money, but now I kindly request for your support to make my surgery possible so that I can keep up with farming.”
Aimukama is a 4-year-old child and the youngest in his family with seven siblings. Both of Aimukama's parents are farmers who sell the surplus of their harvest to support the family. Two years ago, Aimukama developed a neck swelling that has gradually been growing in size and has become painful. The area is sensitive when pressed and limits his ability to sleep well. His mother brought him to Nyakibale Hospital, where scan imaging indicated that he had a thyroglossal cyst. Doctors recommended that Aimukama undergo surgery, but his family cannot afford the cost of his care. His parents appeal for financial support so that their son can be treated and be free from pain and further complications. Aimukama traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On March 2nd, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Aimukama needs help to raise $196 to fund this procedure. Aimukama's mother shared, “I only pray to God to help me and open a way to your support so that my child may receive his surgery and continue growing up well.”
Kiiza is an elderly woman and mother of five children. She has been working as a farmer all her life from which she has been able to raise her children. Kiiza lost her husband in 2000. She is now growing older and from time to time relies on her children to help her meet daily needs. Her children are not in any formal employment, making it hard for them to earn a living and cater for their mother's medical bills. Kiiza has had pain from supraumbilical swelling for the past two years. The swelling limits her from engaging in strenuous activities. She had not been to any hospital but when she heard of the surgical program in Nyakibale Hospital, she came hoping for treatment. The surgeon recommended a mass excision to remove her cystic mass. However, Kiiza is afraid that the cost is too high for her. She appeals for help to raise $187 to fund her procedure. Kiiza says “I only wish my pain is relieved after the surgery so that I can continue with a more comfortable life.”
Karahukayo is a motorbike taxi (bodaboda) operator and a father to two children. Both his son and daughter are still in school. He studied and completed senior four but never proceeded due to lack of school fees. He instead stayed at home farming but later found someone to give him a motorbike taxi to ride and be paid on a commission basis to help earn income for his family. Karahukayo arrived at the hospital with a swelling on his wrist which he has had for the past three years. He feels numbness and paralysis around the site, he can’t lift anything heavy or he stretch his hand for long. Karahukayo traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On February 2nd, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Karahukayo needs help to raise $196 to fund this procedure. Karahukayo says: “I have hopes and believe that once my surgery goes on well, I will be able to have a new life and continue with my bodaboda job.”
Muhangi is a 13-year-old student from Uganda. Muhangi is the fourth born of six children in his family. His parents farm tomatoes and cabbage, often selling the surplus to make ends meet. Three years ago, Muhangi developed a painful mass on his neck that has continually increased in size. He complains of pain, especially when he tries turning his neck or sleeps on the swollen side. When he was examined at a local hospital, he was diagnosed with a sternomastoid mass and surgery was recommended. Muhangi and his father traveled to African Mission Healthcare's care center to receive treatment. On March 2nd, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Muhangi's family needs help to raise $196 to fund this procedure. Muhangi's father shared, “I think that this condition could continue affecting my son but I hope that with surgery, it will end, and he will continue with his education.”
Turyakira is a 67-year-old woman from Western Uganda. She is a married mother of eight children who practices subsistence farming. She lives with her husband who is unfortunately bedridden due to a stroke. For the past two years, she has struggled with an intragluteal lump that has gradually increased in size. She has pain, itchiness and discomfort, especially when she tries to sit down. She was diagnosed with elastofibroma, a benign tumor that requires excision. Turyakira traveled to the care center of our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, to receive treatment. On February 16th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Turyakira needs help to raise $196 to fund this procedure. Turyakira shared, “I am the only one taking care of my family because my husband is sick. I hope with surgery, I will regain my health and continue with farming to keep up with my family.”
Mbarebaki is an elderly gentleman from Uganda and the father of six grown children. While he used to be a carpenter, he stopped practicing this trade as he grew older and now is a small-scale farmer. For the past eight years, he has struggled with exostosis, which is the benign growth of a new bone on top of an existing one, in his right fingers. The growth has not only disfigured his right fingers, but it also causes him pain and prevents him from fully utilizes his fingers. After an examination at a local hospital, surgery was recommended for Mbarebaki. Our Medical Partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Mbarebaki to receive surgery to remove this mass and needs help raising $196 to fund his surgery. Mbarebaki is looking forward to his surgery. He said, "my hand is my first tool to work, and once my fingers are affected, then my work is affected. Yet I am the sole provider to my family. I hope to be treated to continue providing for my family.”
Tukamushaba is a 17-year-old student from Uganda. She had reached senior three in school before the COVID-19 crisis lockdown started. Tukamushaba is the last born in a family of ten children, with four brothers and five sisters who are all married and work as small scale farmers. She lives with her mother, as her father left the family when she was very young. Tukamushaba's mother used to work as a small scale farmer, but no longer works because recently suffered a stroke and has been home recovering. For the last six months, Tukamushaba has had a swelling within her chest. She feels tenderness and discomfort in the area, and needs to have the mass removed in order to relieve her of these symptoms. Tukamushaba traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On February 9th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Tukamushaba's family needs help to raise $196 to fund this procedure. Tukamushaba's mother shared, “I humbly request you for your support of my daughter because she is really in deep pain and has suffered this issue for some time. However, her procedure has been delayed due to some financial struggles. I hope she will get better after surgery and can continue with school.”