Harriet is a 53-year-old widow with a bright smile despite a hard moment. She has been blessed with eight children, all of whom are married. Harriet is a small-scale farmer, as are all her children. Despite the challenges in her life, Harriet has always been supportive of her family with the little money she has. She lives in a two-room, semi-permanent house.
Seven years ago, a swelling started affecting her neck region. Harriet also began to experience troubling symptoms, including difficulty in breathing, swallowing and inability to do basic chores. The swelling has caused disfigurement of her neck and caused a compression of the airway. Harriet has visited various hospitals in the past, where pain-relieving prescriptions were recommended but did not treat the condition. She decided to visit Nyakibale Hospital after hearing about it in her community. There, she was diagnosed with thyroid goiter and surgery was recommended to prevent her symptoms from getting worse.
Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Harriet receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on November 8th at our medical partner’s care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $252, and she and her family need help raising money.
Harriet says, “I think that God forgot about me as I have suffered for a long time, but now I hope to regain my strength and, with your financial support, I will undergo the surgery. Once treated, I will resume my normal life and continue farming.”