Maria is an elderly small-scale farmer and mother to five children, sadly, two of whom have passed away. Among her children, she has two sons: one is a teacher, and the other is a builder. Her daughter is pursuing a career as a nurse. She lost her husband twelve years ago, but through her dedication to farming, she has been able to proudly provide education for all her children until they became self-reliant. Although Maria completed primary school, she was unable to pursue her own further studies. Currently, Maria resides with her granddaughter, born to one of her late sons who served in the army.
For three years now, Maria has had a left reducible inguinal hernia, a type of painful hernia where soft tissue protrudes through a weak spot in the abdominal wall. Maria sought medical care after experiencing swelling, fatigue, and movement-triggered pain that greatly impacted her ability to work and perform everyday activities.
Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, can help Maria. On June 6th, she will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner’s care center.
African Mission Healthcare is requesting $230 to fund Maria’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and confidently.
Maria says, “I hope to get well and I will continue living in better health.”