Veronica, a quiet four-year-old girl, lives with her grandmother in Tanzania. Following a visit to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), Veronica was diagnosed with a ventral hernia.
“The hernia is getting bigger with time preventing Veronica’s ability to walk,” shares AMHF. “Veronica is able to sit, crawl and stand with support, but lately crawling has become a problem because the hernia is so big that when Veronica tries to crawl she ends up bruising herself.”
A ventral hernia causes intestinal tissue to push through a weakened section of the abdominal cavity, causing a palpable bulge to form. Without medical intervention, Veronica is at risk of developing intestinal obstruction, a condition that blocks part of the intestine and prevents food and fluids from normally channeling through the digestive tract.
Veronica is dependent on her grandmother’s income earned as a small scale farmer. “[Her grandmother] plants and sells some green bananas, maize and beans,” AMHF explains. “Even with extra support that she gets from her children, the little that Veronica’s grandmother earns from farming is not enough to cover the cost of the operation which Veronica badly needs.”
$610 will fund Veronica’s hernia repair operation. This procedure will place the affected tissue back into its proper position. After surgery, Veronica will spend one week at Plaster House–a specialized surgical rehabilitation program–to allow doctors to closely monitor her progress during the most crucial part of her recovery.
With the proposed treatment, Veronica will benefit from overall improved quality of life. “Veronica will be out of the risk of developing intestinal obstruction and with time she will be able to walk,” AMHF states.
Veronica’s grandmother says, “I just hope that my grandchild will get better and have the ability to walk and perform different activities.”