Mary, who is 53 years old, is a small-scale farmer, living in the Rukungiri district in Uganda. Mary and her husband - who have been married for 22 years - have five children. Two of their sons are currently studying; their elder daughter is married and works as a farmer, while the rest of their children are still in school. When she was a child, Mary had ambitions to become a teacher. However, due to a lack of school fees, she only completed grade six, and never reached her goal. Instead, she farms to earn a living, while her husband works as a carpenter. Despite all their hard work, their income is limited.
Since January of this year, Mary has been experiencing bleeding, along with severe backaches, lower abdominal pain, and intermittent headaches. She has visited several hospitals where she was treated, but her condition remains unresolved. She was recently diagnosed with a premalignant cervical lesion, and advised to undergo a hysterectomy.
Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Mary’s surgery. On April 4th, she will be operated on at Karoli Lwanga Hospital, Nyakibale. Once she has recovered, Mary will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.
With a bright hopeful smile, Mary says: “I’ve had a lot of pain, but I have hope that when I am given your support, I will be able to attain my surgery and hope to get well.”