Andrew is a 6-year-old child and currently a student in junior class. He is the last born in a family of three with siblings who are 10 and 7 years old and in primary school. Andrew’s parents are small-scale farmers and own a three-room mud house for shelter. They work hard to make ends meet for their family.
For six months, Andrew has had a left hydrocele. This developed as an on and off swelling. He was taken to Kabale Referral Hospital and was given medication but without much change. Currently, he has severe pain and develops a persistent cough along with his swelling. His father shared that he cries a lot when the swelling is active. Now doctors at Rushoroza Hospital have recommended surgery, a cost his parents cannot afford. If not treated, the fluid collection may increase with time causing discomfort, impaired quality of life and a risk of infection.
Fortunately, on December 14th, Andrew will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $170 to fund Andrew’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently as he grows up.
Andrew’s father says, “I pray that my son gets well and normal through surgery. I hope that we get supported because my family cannot afford the surgery. I will continue with farming to be able to sustain my family.”