Patience is a 33 year-old mother from Uganda. She is married and has two children studying in the second and third grade. Patience holds a degree in environmental science but was unable to get a job of her qualification, so she now operates a small scale retail shop together with her husband.
Patience came to the hospital with severe pain within the right lumbar region for the past three months. Her pain is associated with a backache and she always feels like she has a full abdomen. Patience also experiences pain before and after eating. These problems are complicated by the fact that she is 24 weeks into her pregnancy, and she experiences pregnancy-related complications like persistent vomiting. Nowadays, Patience is unable to bend over or do any heavy-duty house chores. This has hindered her quality of health and, if she is not treated, this may also affect the development of her pregnancy.
Doctors diagnosed Patience with an ovarian cyst, which will need to be removed. However, she is unable to afford the cost of her care. Patience’s mother-in-law recently passed, and associated costs have impacted the little money their family had. Patience appeals for financial support.
Patience will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare. Fortunately, she is scheduled to undergo an ovarian cystectomy on February 2nd. African Mission Healthcare is requesting $220 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, she will hopefully be free of pain and will be able to proceed with a safe pregnancy.
Patience shared, “Please save my life because my health condition is worsening as days go by. I am really worried about my health and pregnancy and hope that once I have this surgery, I will be able to continue with my shop to sustain my family.”