Grace is a 66-year-old small-scale farmer from Uganda. She works alongside her husband to support their family. Grace was unable to attend school due to lack of funds. Grace and her husband have two children. Their oldest is 37, and their youngest is 17. Both attended school but ended their education after the first and fourth grades respectively.
In January, Grace began to experience troubling symptoms, including swelling on her neck that has been increasing in size progressively. At first, the swelling was painless and Grace opted to not seek medical attention. Now, Grace experiences neck pain, difficulty swallowing, chest pains, and airway obstruction. Due to these symptoms, Grace has stopped farming completely. After seeking treatment, Grace was diagnosed with endocervical goiter and needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from worsening.
Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Grace receive treatment. Grace is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on June 7th at our AMH’s care center to treat her endocervical goiter. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $333, and Grace and her family need help to raise money.
Grace says, “This condition has affected my productivity negatively. I pray for a successful surgery so that I may resume farming once again for the further development of my family.”