Owomujuni is a 19-month-old old boy from Uganda. The youngest of three children, he has one sister and one brother. His mother works on their farm to provide food for the family, and his father is a motorcycle taxi driver.
When Owomujuni was two months old, his mother noticed a swelling on both sides of his lower abdomen. She started to give him some local herbs because they did not have money to admit him to the hospital, however the swellings did not improve. Upon learning about Watsi, Owomujuni’s mother quickly brought him to our medical partner’s care center, Holy Family Virika Hospital, where he was diagnosed with a bilateral inguinal hernia. If his condition remains untreated, Owomujuni may suffer tissue damage due to the hernia cutting off blood supply to the intestines and surrounding tissues.
Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to cover the cost of Owomujuni’s hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 29 and, once completed, will hopefully allow Owomujuni to grow and develop in a healthy manner.
“My son has been with this condition for long,” says Owomujuni’s mother. “It needs surgery and I am unable to pay for his surgery.”