James, who is 51 years old, enjoys sharing entertaining stories that elicit laughter from those around him. He and his wife have four children, and live in Uganda. James teaches at a local secondary school, which provides him with a small salary to live from. His wife works as a farmer to help support their family. James also engages in farming when he isn’t teaching.
Thirty years ago, James began to experience troubling symptoms, including an anterior neck swelling. As the swelling was painless, he never considered seeking treatment. However, when he began experiencing symptoms such as shortness of breath, difficulty in breathing and swallowing, and high blood pressure, he resorted to traditional remedies. Unfortunately, nothing he tried helped, so he decided to consult a doctor. He was diagnosed with bilateral thyroid nodules, and he has been told that he will need surgery to prevent his symptoms from getting worse.
Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping James receive treatment. He is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on August 8th at Karoli Lwanga Hospital, Nyakibale, during which surgeons will remove all or part of his thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $252, and James and his family need your help to raise this money.
James says: “I hope for a complete recovery, and I will be relieved from the symptoms I’ve been experiencing for so long.”