Meet Kasaija, an 81-year-old married man from Uganda who has seven children; three girls who are all married and four boys who mostly do casual labor. Kasaija used to get his income from trading in goats, but since he fell sick, he depends on his children as he cannot work independently. His stay-at-home wife has no other source of income. So, Kasaija hopes to receive necessary treatment from Watsi’s medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation.
In 2009, Kasaija noticed a painful swelling in his left inguinal area which started causing nausea and stomachaches. He has spent the last seven years with this condition. He has sleepless nights because of pain; he can only sleep comfortably on his stomach. Despite receiving a diagnosis of a left inguinal hernia, Kasaija has not been able to receive medical attention because he cannot afford it. Instead, he has resorted to using herbs to no avail. “I feel a lot of pain which makes me very uncomfortable,” says Kasaija. Due to the growing pain, he still remains unable to work. If his condition remains untreated, Kasaija is at risk of further complications.
For $249, surgeons at Holy Family Virika Hospital in Uganda will be able to repair Kasaija’s hernia. They will ensure that the intestinal muscle is placed correctly and reinforce the weakened abdominal muscles with mesh or sutures. Kasaija should heal quickly, so that he may return to his family pain-free.
After surgery, Kasaija hopes to resume trading in goats to help sustain his family. Let’s help Kasaija return to his beloved business and to his family in good health.