Vastine is a 47-year-old mother of five children and resides in the Rukungiri district of southwestern Uganda. Her son works as a mason, while all her daughters are still studying in school. She completed primary school up to class six but had to drop out due to lack of tuition. To earn a living, she engages in small-scale farming on her small plot of land with her husband. However, they typically cultivate only enough crops to feed their family, selling the surplus to generate income for their household. In her spare time, she enjoys singing as a member of the church choir.
Over two years ago, Vastine started having abdominal pain and a backache. She also noticed swelling on the right side of her abdomen whenever she went to sleep. This causes her a great deal of pain and prevents her from sleeping. Vastine visited a doctor, but the treatment provided did not lead to any improvement.
When her symptoms became more severe, she came to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH) to seek treatment. After an examination, the doctor at AMH diagnosed a right dermoid cyst. The recommended course of action is cystectomy surgery. Fortunately, the procedure has been scheduled for June 6th. AMH is now requesting $220 to help fund the procedure.
Vastine says, “I hope I will get support for it’s the only way of attaining my surgery and regaining my health.”