Buradina is a 65-year-old small scale farmer who lives with her husband. Together they have four children who are now grown and starting families of their own.
Two months ago, Buradina stepped on a thorn that pierced one of the toes on her left foot. She pulled it out using her hand, but part of it remained in the toe. Her daughter tried to remove the thorn, but was also unable to do so. Buradina’s foot started to swell, and so she was taken to the hospital. While at the hospital for treatment - which ultimately was unsuccessful - Buradina was diagnosed with diabetes. Fortunately she traveled to our medical partner’s care center Rushoroza Hospital where her diabetes was stabilized. As the original wound on her toe hadn’t healed, the infection now spread to her foot. The doctors have worked with Buradina to make the best medical plan and an amputation of her leg below the knee is now the only option for Buradina as her foot is septic, which can be life threatening.
Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $255 to fund Buradina’s surgery, which is scheduled for June 3rd at Rushoroza Hospital. Once completed, this procedure should allow her to live more comfortably. After recovering, Buradina is most looking forward to being able to work around the house, since she may no longer be able to work on the farm.
Buradina says: “I am in pain and my condition is worsening. My family cannot afford the surgery and my only hope to live a better life is through surgery. I hope and pray that I may be considered for treatment.”