Eunice is a 41-year-old shopkeeper from Uganda. She is a mother of three children, two in primary school and one who has yet to enter school.
Two years ago, Eunice began to experience troubling symptoms, including shortness of breath and neck swelling. The swelling causes her breathing problems and fatigue, especially when she does strenuous activities such as carrying things on her head.
Eunice had been to different hospitals before and treated with pain medication, but her condition did not improve. She eventually came to Watsi’s Medical Partner Care Center Nyakibale Hospital and had a scan. The doctor has diagnosed her with a goitre, an abnormal swelling of the thyroid glands. Now, Eunice needs a thyroidectomy surgery to correct the condition and reduce instances of further complications.
However, this procedure is costly for Eunice and her family. She operates a small retail shop in one room of her two-roomed house, and shares the other room with her children. Her husband is a taxi conductor. They have limited income to meet daily needs and cannot afford the cost of surgery.
Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Eunice receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on October 20th at our medical partner’s care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $252, and she and her family are appealing for financial help to fund the cost of surgery.
Eunice shared, “I have hopes that once my surgery goes well as planned, I will be able to regain my health and continue with my business.”