Abel is a 13-month-old boy who lives with his parents in southwestern Uganda. His parents are subsistence farmers who rent land to grow crops for home consumption and for sale if yields permit. Abel’s mother also weaves baskets for extra income. Recently, Abel has begun to say a few words in his local language.
When Abel was eight months old, he developed an umbilical hernia. Although doctors anticipated that it would close on its own, the hernia has grown much larger over the past five months, causing Abel pain and inhibiting his mobility.
Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $179 to fund hernia repair surgery for Abel. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 3 and, once completed, will hopefully greatly improve Abel’s quality of life.
“Please send a message of thanks to the donors for me,” says Abel’s mother. “The help they are giving Abel matters so much. Because our crops have been so poor, we have not been able to save any money for doctors.”