Nakanwagi is a 52-year-old businesswoman from Uganda. She is a widowed mother of four children, all of whom go to school.
Seven years ago, Nakanwagi noticed a swelling on her abdomen that would occasionally disappear and reappear. Concerned, she visited a hospital where scans indicated no cause for concern. As time passed, the swelling grew and became more painful. Upon visiting the hospital again, Nakanwagi was diagnosed with an umbilical hernia, meaning that some of her intestines are protruding through her abdominal muscles at the navel. Absent of treatment, the hernia may strangle the intestines, cutting off blood supply to the surrounding tissues and causing Nakanwagi further, more severe medical complications.
Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Nakanwagi’s hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 29 and, once completed, should greatly improve Nakanwagi’s quality of life.
“I hope to continue with my business when fine because my condition has always affected my working rate as I feel pain on lifting,” says Nakanwagi.