Selina is a loving and hard working woman from Tanzania. She is a wife and a mother of one child. Before Selina met her husband, she used to be a housemaid and loved her job. Now that she is married, she supports her husband who is a small scale farmer. Together, they grow maize, beans, and sunflowers.
Selina was not aware of a mass which was growing on her left ovary until the last month of her pregnancy when an ultrasound was done. She gave birth safely to her first baby and was asked to return to the hospital for follow-up of the mass. She was given some medicine, but it did not help reduce or stop the mass from increasing in size.
Selina needs the mass to be excised and prevent it from turning cancerous. However, what they earn from farming is not enough to cover the cost of their basic needs, as well as the cost of surgery which Selina needs. With $920, Selina will have the mass removed.
“I pray that I will be well,” Selina said, “so I can continue to raise my seven-month-old son and also look after my husband and just build a happy family.”