Tibendwa is 46 years old and the mother of three children. She separated from her husband 15 years ago, and currently lives in Uganda.
Tibendwa trades beans and tomatoes where she gets money for food. However, for the past two months, she has not earned any money because she is unable to travel to market places due to her medical condition.
Tibendwa started experiencing lower abdominal pain two years ago. Now she has prolonged bleeding and back pain as well. Due to the pain and bleeding, she finds it hard to bend and to do any straining. Tibendwa visited a health center in her home area in 2015, but she was advised to go to a different hospital farther away. She couldn’t go to the hospital because she had failed to raise money for transport and for her treatment.
Tibendwa eventually was helped by her brother to get transport to come to the hospital. When Tibendwa came to Virika, she was diagnosed with multiple uterine fibroids and was advised to have surgery but she couldn’t afford to pay for it.
If not treated, Tibendwa may develop anemia or other complications. The only way she could get money is to sell one of her two cows, which would also take long to look for a buyer.
For $250, Holy Family Virika Hospital will perform a total abdominal hysterectomy that Tibendwa needs to get healthy.
“After surgery I plan to continue trading and looking after my children,” shares Tibendwa.