Tumuhirwe is a 75-year-old farmer from Uganda. She is a widow and a mother to eleven children. Tumuhirwe has four boys; two are small scale farmers, one is a nurse and another one is a teacher. She also has seven daughters; all whom are married and are small scale farmers. Tumuhirwe earns a living from her banana plantation and coffee plantation, and sometimes grows food crops like beans, potatoes, and maize at a small scale. She sells off the surplus to generate an income.
For the last three years, Tumuhirwe has been experiencing persistent lower abdominal pain accompanied by on and off bleeding. She has been diagnosed with a premalignant cervical lesion. Tumuhirwe needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus.
Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Tumuhirwe’s surgery. On December 8th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Tumuhirwe will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.
Tumuhirwe shared, “I hope to get a new life after my surgery and hope to continue with farming to support my family.”