“I thank you for supporting my treatment,” shares Dafurose, a 35-year-old woman from rural Uganda. “I will always pray for God to bless the donors in everything they do.”
Dafurose has one daughter and works very hard to support her daily needs and education. Dafurose is a farmer who grows beans, bananas, groundnuts, and cassava. In her free time, she enjoys visiting friends and relatives, as well as helping her daughter with her homework.
For the past thirteen years, Dafurose has lived with abdominal pain and fevers. Her visits to the doctor usually result in prescriptions for painkillers, but these do not treat the underlying problem. Recently, her pain has been getting worse, and has decreased her ability to farm.
Dafurose was referred to our medical partner’s care center, Bwindi Community Hospital, where a physician diagnosed her with multiple abdominal masses. However, her care team needs to gather more information about the nature of the masses before they can develop a treatment plan. This information can be obtained with a laparotomy, a diagnostic surgery involving an incision in the abdomen.
Although Dafurose cannot afford this operation on her own, we can sponsor it for $307. This will also cover the costs of the necessary lab tests and five-day hospital stay.
After treatment, Dafurose hopes to resume farming. Let’s make sure she is able to start working—and supporting her daughter—again soon.