Annet is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. She was in school up to primary school class five. She dropped out due to a lack of financial support from her parents. She later got married and was blessed with four children. Her firstborn is twenty-five years old, the secondborn is twenty-three years old, the thirdborn is fourteen years old and the fourth is nine years old. Her children did not attend school due to financial constraints. She is currently unable to work on her small farm due to her illness.
Over five years ago, Annet began to experience troubling symptoms, including a neck swelling with on-and-off mild pain. The swelling has grown bigger over the years, and she currently cannot lift heavy items. Her breathing is compromised, and she is worried that if not treated it may affect her airway and her health. She visited Rushoroza Hospital for medical advice where some tests were done. She was diagnosed with a left nodulated thyroid gland and the doctor recommended surgery, which she cannot afford. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse.
Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Annet receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on November 24th at our medical partner’s care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $333, and she and her family need help raising money.