Phionah is a cashier at a local bank. She is a confident and outgoing lady in her late 20s. She is single and the youngest of ten children, with two brothers still studying. Three of her elder sisters are married and work as farmers, while the rest are still in school. Phionah loves music and singing, and she is a member of the church choir. She holds a degree in business management, but despite her qualifications, she has been unable to secure a job in her profession. She works as a bank teller, where she earns $27 a month. She uses her salary to support her parents by contributing to fund her siblings’ education.
In 2020, Phionah began to experience troubling symptoms, including anterior neck swelling. Initially, it was small, but over time it increased in size, causing her shortness of breath, difficulty swallowing, and even protrusion of the eyes. She was diagnosed with nontoxic goiter. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse.
Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Phionah receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on April 4th 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.
Phionah says “This has caused me a lot of pain yet without support, I may not raise the money needed for my surgery, I appeal for your support.”