Tumushabe is a mother of five but separated from her husband in 2018. Her husband remained with four of her children and she is raising the youngest who is now two years old. She currently stays with her paternal aunt who supports her with the little she can.
At Rushoroza Hospital, she presented with a history of severe abdominal pains; having been managed for oophoritis and on different antibiotic regimens with no improvement. If not treated through curative laparotomy, Tumushabe’s quality of life could be severely impaired due to continued pain.
Tumushabe is a small-scale farmer who has been growing a variety of crops at her aunt’s fields before she became sick. She currently is not able to work due to severe pain and cannot even sit comfortably. She shared that she is feeling scared. Her Aunt and Uncle are unable to fund her surgery and they are seeking financial support.
Tumushabe says, “I pray that I get well after surgery because I am in severe pain. After a successful surgery, I believe I can do any income-generating activity, including farming and be able to take care of myself and my children.”