Mwesige is a 33-year-old father of four who operates a small banana farm with his wife. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to programs on the radio. For the last seven years, he has been living with an inguinal hernia, a painful condition whereby a weakening of the abdominal wall allows the intestines to protrude.
The living he makes when he is farming has not been enough to afford the surgery he needs to repair the hernia. He has been trying to treat the pain by taking different herbs, but they are not enough to live comfortably. The pain now keeps him from working and if he does not get medical attention, the hernia can have serious and potentially fatal complications.
With $220 in Watsi funding, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), will perform the surgery to fix Mwesige’s hernia. Doctors will make an incision in his abdomen to adjust the intestine back into place, and then suture the weakened wall shut. The surgery will allow him to live pain-free.
Mwesige looks forward to returning to work and helping his wife once he’s healthy. “My pain is making my wife work alone,” he explains. “I wish I could get well and start working together with her.” His plan is to recover and expand the farm to better provide for his family.