Meet Anna from Malawi: a 55 year old married mother of two children, aged 38 and 35 respectively. Anna is a business woman, whose husband does piece work in town when he can get jobs to do.
Anna was healthy until about 30 years ago, when she started experiencing intermittent swelling above the umbilical area. She didn’t think it was important, so she did not seek medical help. Over time, however, the frequency of the swelling episodes increased, and she began to experience discomfort. In 2022, Anna’s condition deteriorated, and she visited different hospitals, where the problem was associated with her raised blood pressure. Due to increased swelling, Anna found that she could no longer conduct her business.
In September of this year, Anna visited a private hospital, where a diagnosis of an epigastric hernia was made. Surgical intervention is required. If the hernia is left untreated, it could become strangulated, which can be a life threatening development.
Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is seeking $575 to fund Anna’s hernia repair surgery, which is scheduled for November 15th, at Partners in Hope Medical Center.
Anna looks forward to a successful surgery that will enable her to refocus on her business, so that she can continue supporting her family.