“My son has suffered with this condition his whole life,” shares Akandwanaho’s mother, a woman from Uganda. “He needs help, but I am unable to pay for his surgery.”
Akandwanaho was born with a hydrocele, or excess buildup of fluid around one of his testicles. Although this issue often resolves on its own within a year, Akandwanaho is now five years old, and the swelling has only increased in size. He has also begun to feel pain when he walks to nursery school, which concerns his mother greatly.
She shared her worries with her neighbor, who is a nurse at our medical partner’s care center, Virika Hospital. The neighbor told Akandwanaho’s mother about the subsidized treatment that that center provides via Watsi. She was relieved to hear she might be able to get treatment for her son even though she normally could not afford it.
When we raise $185, we can pay for the surgery that will remove Akandwanaho’s uncomfortable swelling on August 16. This fundraising goal will also cover the boy’s medications and three-day hospital stay.
Although he is still young, Akandwanaho already has big dreams—he wants to study hard and become a police officer one day. Let’s make sure he has the chance to pursue that dream in good health.