Komugisha is a small business woman from Uganda. She is a 41-year-old mother of three children, and she lives with them in a single-room rental house. After separation from her husband, Komugisha assumed the role as the sole breadwinner of her family. To earn a living, she trades in dry cereals to pay for the fees and expenses for her children, but faces difficulty when farming harvests are not productive.
Six years ago, Komugisha began to experience troubling symptoms, including anterior neck swelling, difficulty breathing, and persistent pain. She was diagnosed with nodular goitre, or an enlarged thyroid gland. Initially, she had visited a different facility which gave her an oral medication, but her condition did not improve. Komugisha was also advised to undergo surgery, but she opted to use local herbs as medicine due to the costs. In the end, Komugisha was referred by a friend to our medical partner’s care center, Nyakibale Hospital, where she had a scan diagnosing the goitre, and doctors suggest surgery to prevent worsening symptoms.
Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), is helping Komugisha receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on June 22nd at our medical partner’s care center, where surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $252.
Komugisha shared, “I can no longer walk for longer distances yet my job requires much walking to look for the cereals. My children are still in need of daily upkeep. Please help me.”