Olivious is a subsistence farmer from Uganda and mother of five children. She has been having neck swelling for five years that she tried managing with herbal medicines to no avail. The multinodular goiter causes her neck pain, and difficulty breathing and swallowing. She associates constant headaches with the goiter.
She was referred by a friend to our medical partner’s care center for review and diagnosed with the goiter. She had surgery recommended, which would reduce the instance of further complications including possible airway obstruction.
Olivious relies on her small piece of land to earn a living. Together with her husband, working on the farm provides for their daily needs and school fees for their children. They are not able to raise money required for surgery and appeal for financial assistance.
Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Olivious receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on April 25th at our medical partner’s care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $240, and she and her family need help raising money.
Olivious says “I hope to get fine and have good health again once my surgery goes on well.”