Yahaya is a 28-year-old husband and father of two boys who lives in Uganda. He has a great sense of humor, and he is happiest when he is with his wife and children.
Yahaya started feeling pain and swelling in his left scrotum that makes him very uncomfortable, especially when walking. He also feels pain when he touches the swelling.
The pain and swelling are due to a hydrocele, a sac of watery fluid around one or both testicles that causes swelling in the scrotum or groin. The fluid comes from the abdomen and travels along the same paths that the testes follow when they descend into the scrotum before or shortly after birth. Hydroceles occur at any age, and their cause is generally unknown.
Yahaya visited a government hospital where he was referred to Holy Family Virika Hospital for surgery. However, Yahaya did not go to Virika because he was unable to pay for his treatment.
For $185, Yahaya will undergo a hydrocele repair to decrease the scrotal swelling. Funding also covers the cost of a three-night hospital stay, an ultrasound scan, and medicine to prevent infection.
Yahaya looks forward to a successful operation and a promising future. “I plan to start a business so that I can settle with my family,” he shares.