Ruth is a 39-year-old farmer. She’s married with three children, who are all in school. Her husband is a hardworking businessman who works in a butchery in the town. Together their family lives in a small house with three rooms.
Three years ago, Ruth began to experience troubling symptoms, including anterior neck swelling, difficulty breathing and swallowing, increased heart palpitations and general body weakness. She was diagnosed with multinodular goitre. Ruth tried managing the condition with medication but it has not been improving. Her friends referred her to Nyakibale Hospital and on review, surgery was recommended to relieve her pain. Ruth needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse.
Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Ruth receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on October 12th 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.
Ruth says “I have had the worst experience with this condition. I hope to get better and resume farming after surgery.”