“I thank the donors for helping me pay my hospital bills,” shares Elizabeth. “I have sold almost all of my property for my previous surgeries.”
Meet Elizabeth, a 53-year-old woman from rural Uganda. Since her husband’s death twenty years ago, Elizabeth has raised her sons and daughters as a single mother. In addition to caring for the children, she provided them with food and a bit of income from her work as a farmer of bananas, beans, and cassava.
Now that the children are grown, it is one of Elizabeth’s greatest joys to talk to them about their futures during her free time.
In 2010, Elizabeth was diagnosed with multiple uterine fibroids, and had an operation to remedy the problem. But since then, Elizabeth has continued to have related symptoms that interfere with her daily life, such as recurrent abdominal pains.
Elizabeth needs to undergo a laparotomy (exploratory surgery conducted by making an incision in the abdomen) so that her doctors can better determine what is causing her pain, and decide what course of action to take. She is scheduled for the procedure on June 11.
Although Elizabeth he cannot afford to pay for this operation on her own, we can help. $307 will sponsor her surgery, as well as the associated lab tests, medications, and five-day hospital stay.
This laparotomy will be a major step towards relieving Elizabeth’s pain and GI discomfort.