Akugizibwe is a single mother of three daughters and one son. She lives with her children in Uganda. Akugizibwe sells secondhand clothing to support her family.
Akugizibwe lived with a painful abdominal swelling for 20 years. Three years ago, she visited a hospital, where she was diagnosed with an umbilical hernia. Part of her intestine was protruding through her abdominal muscles. She was advised to undergo surgery, but she could not pay for treatment.
Akugizibwe’s pain grew, preventing her from bending over, lifting heavy items, and walking long distances. Her condition affected her ability to work, because she needed to lift heavy luggage.
Fortunately, Akugizibwe visited our medical partner’s care center, Holy Family Virika Hospital. On December 7, she underwent a hernia repair surgery. $249 will fund the cost of the procedure, including three nights in the hospital.
After recovery, Akugizibwe hopes to resume her business, so that she can support her family. She wants to pay for her children’s education.