Habarurema is 61 years old. He is married and a father of three children. He is a subsistence farmer from Uganda.
Twenty years ago, Habarurema developed bilateral swellings in his groin. As the swellings increased in size and grew painful, he started using herbs and painkillers to reduce the pain. Habarurema reports experiencing pain when lifting heavy objects.
At the suggestion of a neighbor, Habarurema visited our medical partner’s care center, Holy Family Virika Hospital, where he was diagnosed with bilateral inguinal hernias. An inguinal hernia occurs when tissue protrudes through a weak spot in the abdominal muscles. Without treatment, Habarurema may experience intestinal blockage or damage.
Fortunately, on March 8, Habarurema will undergo hernia repair surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund the procedure. After surgery, he hopes to continue farming in order to earn money and support the education of his children.
“I would like to have surgery so that I can work and look after my family,” says Habarurema.