32-year-old Ulric is a habal-habal (motorcycle taxi) driver from the Philippines. He is the financial provider for his family, and has two children, six and eight years of age.
Ulric is a very hardworking father and committed to providing for his family, shares our medical partner, International Care Ministries. He has a monthly income of $60, and it varies based on how many people ride on his taxi. His partner cares for their children at home. Their house is made of bamboo walls, and the floor and roof is made of nipa hut.
Ulric has a multinodular thyroid goiter, or an enlarged thyroid gland. He has difficulty swallowing, and he feels that there is something stuck in his throat at all times. He cannot do heavy lifting and strenuous activities. Additionally, he gets easily tired and has difficulty working for long periods of time. It’s been a year since he was diagnosed with the goiter, but he has been unable to afford treatment.
Ulric needs a thyroidectomy, or total removal of the thyroid gland. Surgery will cost $1,500. Ulric will be able to live without his thyroid as long as he remains on medication after surgery.
Ulric is excited about getting the treatment, because his condition really hinders him and his livelihood.
“If I get treated, this can help me to do more and work hard to support for my family,” he said. “I am also thankful to those giving me this opportunity - a chance that I can have a normal life again. And for the people who will be willing to help me, I am so thankful to them. I know I can’t repay them but I pray that they will be blessed abundantly.”