Ampiire is a 30-year-old married mother of three children, including two girls and one boy who are all in school. Ampiire lost her parents at a young age and didn’t finish school, instead staying home to care for her younger siblings. She educated them, and now one sibling is a hairdresser while the other is a teacher. Ampiire earns a living from small-scale farming and normally grows crops like beans, potatoes and maize for consumption at home. She also sells off the surplus to generate income, while her husband is a tailor.
For about a year, Ampiire has experienced pain in her lower right abdomen. The pain interferes with her day-to-day life, and worsens whenever she is farming, washing clothes, or when she walks a long distance. She also has abdominal bloating and discomfort that has affected her eating habits, and she has experienced notable weight loss. Ampiire had never been to the hospital for medical treatment for her condition due to a lack of finances and because she thought the pain would stop. However, when the pain worsened, she visited a doctor who diagnosed her with a bilateral ovarian cyst. The doctor recommended a cystectomy. If her condition is not treated, the cyst could turn malignant, or cause acute abdominal tenderness.
Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Ampiire to receive treatment. On May 22nd, Ampiire will undergo a cystectomy at AMH’s care center, and now AMH is requesting $220 to fund her procedure.
Ampiire shared, “I really have hope that with your support, I will have surgery. I hope to regain my health and continue farming to support my family.”