Ustina is a 30-year-old small-scale farmer and a mother of two children. Her husband is also a small-scale farmer and the family lives together in a two-room home. Their oldest child is 10 years old in primary school class two, while their youngest child is six years old and in primary school class one. During her free time, Ustina enjoys working in her garden and spending time with her children.
Four months ago, Ustina began experiencing troubling symptoms including bleeding and severe abdominal pain. She was given medication at a local health facility and experienced temporary relief from her symptoms, but the heavy bleeding began again in July. She visited another health clinic and was eventually diagnosed with an ovarian cyst. If her condition is not treated, she is likely to have an ovarian torsion which could damage her ovaries.
Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Ustina receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a curative laporotomy on October 7th at AMH’s care center. Now, Ustina and her family need help raising $284 to cover the cost of her procedure and care.
Ustina shared, “I am worried I may not deliver again, I need help. I have my only hope through surgery but my husband and I cannot afford the surgery. I hope to comfortably resume farming as soon as I get treatment.”