Tindimutuma is a mother of six, but had 11 pregnancies in total. About five years ago, she developed an itchy but painless swelling on her left anterior thigh. Later the swelling increased in size and became painful. She went to a nearby village clinic and was given pain killers to reduce her pain. She traveled to Kabale Regional Hospital in her area of Uganda to seek medical advice, but was not provided with treatment. A friend advised her to come to Watsi’s Medical Partner Care Center Rushoroza Hospital. At Rushoroza Hospital, doctors assessed her condition and recommend a mass excision so that it does not continue growing and cause more pain and discomfort.
Tindimutuma and her husband are small-scale farmers who grow produce for their family to eat. Their oldest living child is 24 years old and had to drop out of school after secondary school class one, and so did their second born who is now 22 years old. The third and fourth are 20 and 19 years and both dropped out at sixth grade. Their fifth and sixth born are 13 and 10 years old and enrolled in primary school class five and four respectively. Tindimutuma has no other sources of income other than agriculture.
Tindimutuma told us, “With the surgery, I will be able to walk comfortably again and be flexible therefore in carrying out my normal duties, especially farming.”