Stellah is a small-scale farmer and the mother of six children. Stellah lost her husband this year in July due to sickness. He left her a three-room semi-permanent house for shelter. Her firstborn is 30 years old and her last born is currently in primary school class five.
Stellah developed a small painless swelling on her inner thigh as well as popliteal fossa on her right lower leg one year ago. It has progressively increased in size so Stellah resorted to using herbs as well as taking baths in hot springs hoping that she could get well but it did not help. She has never visited any medical facility for treatment. She occasionally develops numbness in her legs and sometimes her legs become unmovable after sitting down for a while. While farming, she has to lift her leg using her hands to move a step forward. She presented to Rushoroza Hospital and the surgeon recommended surgery. If not treated, her cyst is likely to continue increasing in size and could become infected, further impairing Stellah’s movement and productivity along with the quality of her life. However, she is unable to cater for the surgery costs and needs assistance.
Stellah traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On November 23rd, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Stellah needs help to raise $145 to fund this procedure.
Stellah says, “I hope to live a normal life again through surgery. I hope to continue with farming since it is my source of livelihood.”