Dear family and friends,
I recently worked for 5 weeks in a rural hospital in Uganda as part of my residency training in internal medicine. While I was working, I took care of a young woman named Alice, who suffered from severely debilitating rheumatic heart disease, so severe that it is very unlikely that she was will live another 3 years without heart surgery. She is also the mother of 6 young children. Two of which I treated for malaria while I was there.
I am writing to you because there is a heart surgery that could essentially cure Alice's heart disease... completely. It could take the 3 years of progressively debilitating disease leading to death and very literally transform it to 30 years of a healthy, productive life for a woman of 6 children. I am starting this campaign because the surgery cost $5000 at one of the major hospitals in Kampala or the Sudan. Alice, as a rural farmer that at best makes $500 a year (nearly all of which she spends to feed her children and run her family farm), cannot afford the costs. Alice loves her children and lives to see them grow and prosper. She works very hard as a very ill woman to keep them clothed and fed.
I know a lot of people send out requests for money for charitable causes these days, and, at times, it can feel overwhelming when being asked for so much. I am only sending this campaign to people I know because the money that you donate here will go 100% back to Uganda for Alice's surgery... nothing else. So, I am asking this of you because I took care of her and her family myself and grew to know them personally, and honestly this simply feels like the last piece of the therapeutic relationship I started when I walked in as her doctor. I am also honestly still flabbergasted that you can save and transform a human life (and family!) for as little as $5000. I know the people that would get this money personally, and I know it would go straight to her surgery without anything taken off the top.
Any amount of money is appreciated. A dollar? $5? Anything. From the bottom of my heart, thanks for reading this. Please contact me if you want to talk about it. The link to give is below - please forward it to people as you see fit.