Nkamweha used to be a charcoal maker and was able to earn a living through selling charcoal. Due to his health condition, he has been seated at home in severe pain for the past seven years and unable to earn an income. His wife is a small scale farmer who grows beans and potatoes for their family to eat. They have 4 children, aged 23-11 years old and live in a three-room semi-permanent house for shelter.
Nkamweha started feeling pain in his leg below the knee in November 2013, and his pain gradually increased with time. In December 2013, he went to Kabale Regional Hospital to seek medical attention. He stayed in the hospital for three weeks. While at the hospital, he was given injections and his leg became swollen and he was feeling severe pain. Their treatment helped and he was finally discharged home. In August 2014, he returned to the same hospital in similar conditions and similar processes occurred and was discharged home again after one month. He was still in severe pain. In August 2019, he went back to the same hospital again for one month, resulting in the same story. He has decided to come to Rushoroza hospital to seek out treatment where the surgeons found that if not treated through an amputation, he could develop pathological fractures and deformity of the limb, septicemia and inability to use the limb.
Their family has no external support from relatives and friends and are seeking financial support for the surgery.
Nkamweha says, “Without this pain, I believe I can do something developmental for my family. I would be able to restart my business, even if it is just to personally supervise the activities while using walking sticks.”