Ancheline is a 20-year-old single mother from Kenya. She has two children, aged six and two years old. To support her family, she works as a casual laborer washing clothes for individuals and families. She lives in a one-room home with her two children.
Two months ago, Ancheline began to experience troubling symptoms, including swelling in her throat, which has caused difficulty swallowing. Her friends helped her raise funds so that she could travel to the hospital outside of her village. Eventually, after a number of tests, she was diagnosed with a goiter, an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Unfortunately, she does not have medical coverage and is unable to afford the procedure on her own.
Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Ancheline receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on April 20th at AMH’s care center. During the procedure, surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. AMH is requesting $949 to help fund the procedure.
Ancheline says, “My neck is swelling and it is very uncomfortable. I have been at home hoping it will reduce but it keeps increasing. I hope to get treatment and reduce the swelling.”