Meet Daniel, a 32-year-old man from Uganda. When he is feeling well, Daniel makes bricks and sells them for a living. He lives at peace with his neighbors, and enjoys listening to discussion programs on the radio in his free time.
Daniel has had a hernia for the past nine months. When the hernia developed, several people in his community believed it was caused by worms that wanted to escape his body. In actuality, Daniel’s condition is a protrusion of the intestinal tissue through a weakness in the abdominal wall.
Daniel first accepted advice from community members to use herbs to prevent the worms from growing in his body. The herbs failed to treat his symptoms, and he is now in a lot of pain. Daniel’s pain has prevented him from working full time and participating in daily activities.
While he cannot afford the $208 required for a hernia repair surgery due to his inability to work for the past five months, he has contributed $8 to the total cost. This procedure will return his herniated tissue to the abdominal cavity and seal the weakened area in the abdominal wall.
When he gets well, Daniel is looking forward to growing and harvesting rice. He then hopes to buy iron sheets and construct a house, and to find a wife after his house is built. Daniel thanks all the people donating to his hospital care, and prays for blessings to the program that has enabled him to access this care.