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Annah is a small-scale farmer. She has a 7th-grade education and had to drop out due to a lack of financial support from her father, who she shared had three wives and many children to support. She later got married, but unfortunately, they separated due to domestic disagreements and alcohol abuse. Now she lives with her three children together with her mother. She used to practice farming but has since taken a break due to her illness. About five years ago, Annah began to experience troubling symptoms, including a neck swelling that has grown over the years. Currently, she feels mild pain and cannot carry heavy objects like a jerrycan of water. She was forced to seek medical advice because it had affected her breathing, making her less productive. She was diagnosed with a nodulated thyroid gland. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Annah receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on November 17th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $333; she and her family need help raising money. Annah says, "I believe the surgery will be successful. After my recovery, I will practice farming to support my family."
Provia is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. She did not attend school as her parents did not believe in education for girls. She later got married, but unfortunately, her husband died some twenty years ago. She was blessed with seven children (four boys and three girls) who did not get an education. She stayed with them until they were mature enough to move out. She practices farming but is struggling due to her illness. About thirty years ago, Provia began to experience troubling symptoms, including an anterior neck swelling with on-and-off pain. She applied some local herbs, which minimized the swelling, but the pain persisted, making swallowing difficult. She visited Rushoroza Hospital and was diagnosed with a goiter, and a thyroidectomy was recommended, but she could not afford it. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare is helping her to access the care she needs. Provia is scheduled to undergo thyroid removal surgery on November 25 at our medical partner's care center. This procedure cost $333; she and her family need help raising money. Provia says, "I pray for a successful surgery. After complete recovery, I will proceed with my farming."
Dinavence is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. She studied up to the second grade, but had to drop out of school due to a lack of school fees when her mother died and her aunt was unable to support her. Now, she practices farming together with her husband. She is a mother of five children who also were not able to go beyond primary school with their education. For five years, Dinavence has been experiencing severe lower abdominal pains. She has been diagnosed with chronic pelvic inflammatory disease with endometriosis. She visited Rushoroza Hospital and surgery was recommended but she cannot afford it. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $319 to fund Dinavence's surgery. On November 15th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at Rushoroza Hospital. Once recovered, Dinavence will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Dinavence says, “I pray that I may get well through surgery because I can no longer take good care of myself and my family in my current medical condition. I pray for a successful surgery. After my healing, I will continue with farming.”
Sarapio is a 52 year old farmer from southwestern Uganda. Sarapio has dwarfism and is the firstborn in a family with two sisters—one married, and the other had been married but later separated and is now staying with him at home. Despite his love for studying, his father made him drop out of school at 6th grade, citing a lack of value in educating him. Currently, he makes a living through farming but mostly engages in casual labor work, such as cultivating other people's farms, chopping firewood, and clearing shambles for others. For the past one year, Sarapio has had right inguinal hernia. He has always experienced abdominal pain, but over the past year, he noticed a swelling in his inguinal region that causes pain when he coughs, laughs, lifts heavy objects, cultivates, or walks long distances. Due to financial constraints, he had not sought medical intervention until he visited Kebisoni Health Center. The health center recommended surgery but advised him to come to Nyakibale Hospital as there was no surgeon available. Fortunately, on December 5, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $230 to fund Sarapio's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Sarapio says, “I hope my health will be restored if I get your support to undergo my surgery so I can continue with my days in good health.”
Robert is a confident, straight-to-the-point 60-year-old man from Uganda. He is Mukiga by tribe, residing in a three-roomed, mud and reeds, traditional home in Southwestern Uganda. He and his wife have one child, a son who works as a primary school teacher. Growing up, Robert's hope was to become a doctor. However, challenges such as school fees prevented him from studying extensively. He and his wife farm on a small banana and coffee farm to sustain their livelihood, and he weeds the farm in his free time. For two years ago, Robert has had left inguinal hernia. This condition causes him to experience pain and discomfort when he walks long distances, works in the fields for an extended period, coughs or laughs aloud, or lifts heavy objects. Due to limited finances, Robert had not attempted to seek medical attention before; however, when his symptoms became severe, he visited our medical partner's hospital. Fortunately, on December 28th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at their care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $230 to fund Robert's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Robert said, "I will get well and will be able to resume farming in good health if I get support to undergo my surgery."
Racheal is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. She studied up to secondary school in class two before dropping out due to financial constraints. Her husband is also a farmer, and they have two children. Racheal's eldest child is three and a half years old and in nursery school and her second child is two years old. They stay in a four-room mud house and work hard to make ends meet for their family. During her free time, she enjoys working on her small farm. Racheal is currently expecting her third child. She received antenatal care at Maziba Health Centre IV and reported to Rushoroza Hospital on 17th January. Her doctors recommend that she deliver via a caesarean section because her pregnancy is high risk and this way, doctors can ensure the safety of both mother and child. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Racheal undergo a C-Section on January 19th. This procedure will cost $214, and Racheal needs your support. Rachael says, “I am praying for a successful surgery with a positive outcome and hope to be back to my farming and life as I recover."
Veneranda is an elderly lady who is married and practices small-scale farming together with her husband. She shared that she had ten children but only six are alive. One of her late children left three children whom she is currently taking care of. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren. Eight months ago, Veneranda began to experience troubling symptoms, including right upper abdominal pains. She visited a nearby health centre and was given medication which only assisted her for a short while. She later reported to Rushoroza Hospital where the doctor ordered some tests including a scan. She was diagnosed with choledochal cystitis and the doctor recommended a cholecystectomy, gallbladder surgery. She is currently unable to work on her small farm to get food for her family and cannot raise the required funds for the surgery. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Veneranda receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo surgery to remove her gallbladder on November 24th at our medical partner's care center. This procedure will cost $284, and Veneranda and her family need your support. Veneranda says, “I am praying for my surgery and being able to return to my farming soon."
Angela is a 62-year-old woman with two grown sons. During her childhood, her dream was to be a teacher however she has to stop school at Primary 6 due to financial constraints. She is married and she and her husband farm for a living. They live in a traditional mud house in southwestern Uganda. Two years ago, Angela began experiencing lower abdominal pain and backache. Due to limited finances, Angela had never seen a doctor but when symptoms became severe, she decided to seek medical help and was diagnosed with premalignant cervical lesion. She needs to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. On February 22nd, she will undergo gynecological surgery at Karoli Lwanga Hospital. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $219 to fund this procedure. Once she has recovered, Angela will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. She says, “I hope for a complete recovery and I have faith that I will get better.”
Brenda, who is 24 years old, lives in Uganda with her husband and niece. While she once worked at a local brewery, she now does small scale farming, which provides food for the table, but no income. Her husband is a contractor, who also has a grocery store. Brenda is currently expecting a new baby. Her first pregnancy did not produce a live birth, and because she delivered via a Caesarean section the first time, her doctors are strongly recommending another C-section for the upcoming birth, to ensure the safety of both Brenda and the baby. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Brenda undergo a C-section on December 12th, at Uganda Martyr's Ibanda Hospital. This procedure will cost $207, and Brenda needs your support. Brenda says: "I have high hopes that my surgery will be successful and I will be able to have a live baby and get rid of the scar pain. This time after the surgery, I will have enough rest and later resume my daily activities. My second plan is to join an institution and get skills in hairdressing.’’
Sabina is a 60-year-old soft spoken and social lady. She was never married and has no children. She stays with her elder sister, a farmer. Due to financial constraints, she never had the chance to attend school, but with the help of her nephews, she learned to read and write. Sabina farms for a living but due to limited land, she is able to grow little to feed and contribute to the family she stays with. Two years ago, Sabina began experiencing troubling symptoms, including neck swelling. This causes shortness of breath, pain in swallowing, difficulty in breathing and fatigue even when engaged in a small activity. Sabina was diagnosed with a non-toxic goiter, an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. Sabina needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Sabina receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on September 5th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $252, and Sabina and her family need help raising money. Sabina says, “I hope to get well and expect and hope for a complete recovery once I am operated on.”
Edwin is an outspoken and confident 38-year-old from Uganda. Edwin loved school when she was young, but she was unable to proceed further with her education because her parents couldn't afford to raise money for her to attend college. Since then, she has been engaged in farming for a living. However, due to limited land, she primarily grows crops to feed her family and sells the surplus to generate income. Her husband works as a farmer and often engages in casual labor in other people's gardens to earn an income. During her free time, she enjoys taking care of her family, performing domestic chores such as cooking, washing, and maintaining the household. Edwin has a poor obstetric history. She has been pregnant seven times, but she reports having experienced five miscarriages due to an unknown cause. Because of the stress from these miscarriages, she has developed hypertension in pregnancy, for which she has been on medication since her first trimester. She is currently expecting her second child. Her doctors recommend that she deliver via a caesarean section because of gestational hypertension and the significance of her previous obstetric challenges. This way, doctors can better ensure the safety of both mother and child. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Edwin undergo a ceasarean section on December 12th. This procedure will cost $252, and Edwin needs your support. Edwin says, “I pray that am given your support for then I can have a live baby and a successful delivery.”
Veneranda is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. She studied up to primary school class seven, but was not able to continue with schooling due to a lack of financial support from her parents. She later got married to a farmer with whom she has seven children. They all did not go to school due to limited finances. Even with her illness, she still pushes herself to work to provide for her family. 10 years ago, Veneranda began to experience troubling symptoms, including a neck swelling. She underwent a thyroidectomy but five years later the swelling reoccurred accompanied by pain. She visited Rushoroza Hospital seeking treatment. She was diagnosed with a bilateral multi-nodular goiter. She needs surgery again to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Veneranda receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo another thyroidectomy on December 1st at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $333, and she and her family need help raising money. Veneranda says, “I believe this will be successful so I can get back to my day-to-day life."
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