Atalemwa is an eight-year-old from Uganda. He’s in the second grade and a diligent student. When he grows up, Atalemwa dreams of becoming a doctor.
He and his younger sister lost their mother in a traffic accident five years ago. Their father is a farmer, but since he works long days to support the family, Atalemwa and his sister often stay with their aunt.
Atalemwa began developing a swelling in his scrotum when he was an infant. After a few years, his father took him to a local hospital, where he was diagnosed with right hydrocele—a sac of fluid surrounding his right testicle. The doctor advised Atalemwa’s father to hold off on surgery until Atalemwa was at least seven years old. Unfortunately now that he’s old enough, his father can’t afford the cost.
Earlier this year, a neighbor had received funding from Watsi for a surgery. While at the hospital, he saw several children Atalemwa’s age who were also receiving financial assistance for their treatments. When he returned home, he encouraged Atalemwa’s father and aunt to connect with Watsi for help.
On June 21, Atalemwa will receive hydrocele repair surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $185 to fund the procedure.
Atalemwa’s family is grateful to Watsi for enabling Atalemwa to receive the treatment he needs to grow up healthy and happy.
“My nephew will no long have sleepless nights. He won’t be in pain anymore,” says his aunt.