Meet Reuben, a 72-year-old elderly man living in a rural village in Uganda. Reuben is a farmer who sells food crops such as cassava, maize, potatoes, millet, and even honey to support his family and pay for his children and grandchildren to attend school. In his free time, he enjoys participating in meetings to plan events for his community, listening to the news on the radio, and teaching his children and grandchildren how to care for bees.
For the last 30 years, however, Reuben has been dealing with pain from a persisting inguinal hernia on the right side of his body. This means that part of his intestine has protruded through a portion of his abdominal muscle. At one point, the hernia was small and the pain was manageable with local herbs, but recently, it enlarged and the pain was no longer responsive to herbs. Doctors have since recommended that Reuben undergo surgery in order to alleviate the pain and prevent the onset of other serious conditions associated with hernias.
Reuben is currently scheduled to undergo surgery on August 7 to repair the hernia. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $229 to cover the expenses of the procedure.
Thankful for the aid he is receiving, Reuben says, “I thank the donors for supporting my treatment and God bless them.”
After he recovers from surgery, Reuben looks forward to resuming farming so that he can support his family once again.