“I will be happy when I receive the financial support to have surgery,” Buherere shares. He is a 63-year-old Ugandan man with a wife and three children. He, and all of his children, are banana farmers. However, the family does not bring in much income because the pieces of land that they own are small.
About thirteen years ago, Buherere noticed a swelling in his left groin, or inguinal, region. Over time, he developed another swelling, this time in the right inguinal area. Although at first the lumps were not uncomfortable, this year they have begun to cause him pain and vomiting. Any straining increases his discomfort, so he is now unable to work.
Upon the advice of a friend, Buherere traveled to Virika hospital. There, he was diagnosed with bilateral hernias and advised to have surgery. If he does not undergo this procedure, not only will Buherere continue to have to miss work. He also risks having his hernias develop fatal complications, such as strangulation, where part of the intestine undergoes tissue death.
Although Buherere cannot afford to pay for hernia repair surgery on his own, we can bridge the gap. For $220, doctors will perform Buherere’s operation, closing the gaps in his abdominal wall that are causing the hernia. This sum will also cover the cost of the medications and two-week hospital stay he will need to recover from his procedure.
Let’s help return Buherere to health so he can work again—and support his family.