Meet Teresia, a 36-year-old woman from Kenya. “Teresia is married and a mother of four. Her eldest son has just finished high school and is hoping to join a college or university, while the rest are still in school,” says our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “Teresia lives in her matrimonial rural home and works on their one acre of land (she has planted maize) while her husband lives in the city and works at a gas station.”
Two weeks ago, Teresia had a mastectomy to prevent the spread of breast cancer. To fund this treatment, Teresia and her husband raised over $1,000. However, she developed post-surgical complications, and needs a second surgery to treat a post-surgical wound.
Teresia needs to undergo debridement, the removal of infected tissue, and a skin graft, the transplantation of skin, to treat her open wound. She does not have the funds for this additional surgery, which will cost $940.
“If the surgery is not done soon, Teresia could develop an infection which would further complicate her recovery,” explains AMHF.
“I thank God for sending you our way,” says Teresia. “My husband has been worrying about how we will be able to pay for this treatment. I want to get well soon so that I can go back to working on our farm.”