Byamugisha is an Ugandan subsistence farmer who mostly grows tomatoes, green papers, and cabbages to earn a living. He is a father to five children: two boys and three girls who are still at school. He says he also rears domestic animals like pigs, goats, and chickens. He operates the farm together with his wife and children. Their family lives in a muddy uncemented semi-permanent house.
Byamugisha came in presenting with a bilateral inguinal swelling that he has had for almost one year. He says he feels severe pain when walking long distances, when he stands for long hours, and during other activities. He shared that he can no longer do cultivation, which is his only source of income, due to his condition. This has made him have a poor quality of life and if not treated, his condition may result in worse compilations like strangulated hernia or possibly cause intestinal obstruction.
Fortunately, on April 28th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Byamugisha's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently.
Byamugisha says, “I hope that my surgery will enable me to regain my health once again so that I can continue with farming to support my family.”