Allen is a 24-year-old woman from Uganda who runs her family’s retail shop. She is married, and her husband works as a driver in their village. Allen studied up to primary class seven and had to drop out due to a lack of school fees. Allen and her husband have two kids: a 3-year-old in preschool and a 1-year-old who has not started school yet.
Allen visited our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), because she has swelling on her upper right arm. The mass appeared seven years ago but has slowly increased in size over time. She also experiences pain when she does strenuous work, which can get so bad that her hand becomes paralyzed and unable to hold things. This often happens when she is washing clothes. Allen traveled to AMH’s care center to receive treatment, and on May 3rd, surgeons will remove the mass. AMH is requesting $145 to fund her surgery.
Allen shared: “I hope to get well through surgery. I believe I will be more productive. I will continue to run my family’s retail shop after recovery.”