Kinkuhire is a farmer, a widow, and a mother to four children. She lost her husband in 2005 and she was left with three daughters and a son. Two of her daughters are still studying, and one is married to a small scale farmer. Her son has just finished university but hasn’t found a job so he is now at home farming. She earns a living from farming on her banana plantation.
Three years ago, Kinkuhire began to experience troubling symptoms, including difficulty in breathing, shortness of breath, and frequent heart palpitations. She was diagnosed with a goiter, an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse.
Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Kinkuhire receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on February 9th at our medical partner’s care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $252, and she and her family need help raising money.
Kinkuhire says “I am really anxious on how my children live but I hope once I received my surgery, I will be able to have a new health and continue with farming to sustain my family.”