Byamukama is a 33 year old married man from Uganda, and a father of two. His children are not in school because he cannot afford to pay their education. Byamukama does motorcycle transport, but he earns very little money. This is because in the village most people prefer walking to spending the little they have on travelling by motorcycle.
Byamukama has lived with epigastric (upper abdomen) swelling since 2014. He visited a health center where he was given painkillers, but he didn’t get any relief. He couldn’t afford to go to a hospital for further diagnosis. Due to the pain, he is unable to bend and dig and to lift heavy items.
Byamukama has an epigastric hernia, which is a protrusion of tissue in the upper abdomen. If not treated, the hernia could become stuck, leading to damage to the tissue and becoming more painful. $249 will cover the costs of the surgery and care Byamukama needs. After surgery he hopes to resume working to support his family.
Byamukama says, “I will be more than happy if I get help for my surgery.”