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Success! Tabitha from Kenya raised $816 to fund a mastectomy to treat breast cancer.

Tabitha
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  • $816 raised, $0 to go
$816
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Tabitha's treatment was fully funded on March 21, 2020.

Photo of Tabitha post-operation

February 25, 2020

Tabitha underwent a mastectomy to treat breast cancer.

Tabitha had a successful surgery performed in our facility. A week after discharge, she came for follow-up review and is showing a positive recovery. Her scar is healing well and the drain on the surgical site was removed. This surgery reduced her chances of further cancer spread. Tabitha is grateful for the support offered.

Tabitha says, “Thank you for supporting my surgery. My mind is relaxed knowing that I have successfully completed the first stage of treatment.”

Tabitha had a successful surgery performed in our facility. A week after discharge, she came for follow-up review and is showing a positive ...

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January 21, 2020

Tabitha is a business lady from Kenya. She is a single mother of three children. Tabitha sells camel soup in the capital to make a living for herself and her three children. Two of her children are in school, which demands school fees. From her small business, she makes about $5 daily, which she saves to meet the her family’s needs.

Tabitha has been recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Without treatment, the cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been suggested to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $816 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Tabitha. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 20. After treatment, Tabitha will hopefully return to a cancer-free life.

Tabitha says, “I wish to be treated and be free from the stressful experience I am in.”

Tabitha is a business lady from Kenya. She is a single mother of three children. Tabitha sells camel soup in the capital to make a living fo...

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Tabitha's Timeline

  • January 20, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Tabitha received treatment at AIC Kijabe Hospital. Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • January 21, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Tabitha was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • January 23, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Tabitha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 25, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Tabitha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • March 21, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Tabitha's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

Treatment
Mastectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $816 for Tabitha's treatment
Hospital Fees
$763
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$5
Supplies
$0
Labs
$9
Other
$39
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

A mastectomy is a surgery to remove the breast or part of the breast and is usually performed to treat breast cancer. Common symptoms of breast cancer include a lump or swelling in all or part of the breast, skin irritation or dimpling, pain, discharge, redness, and thickening of the skin.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

If breast cancer is not treated, the cancer may spread to other organs, potentially leading to early death. Untreated breast cancer can also lead to pain and infection within the breast.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Breast cancer is the leading cancer in women in Kenya (34 per 100,000). It has been identified as the number one killer of women aged 35-55 years. Late diagnosis is the main reason for high mortality.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

The patient reports to the hospital, and lab work is done. The following day, the patient goes into the operating room for surgery. The patient stays in the hospital ward for three to seven days. The surgery is considered a success if the wound heals cleanly. The patient is then discharged from the hospital.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

This treatment is curative if the cancer has not spread widely. Usually, this surgery is not performed if the cancer has already spread. Sometimes, doctors are unable to determine if the cancer has spread until they perform post-operative lymph node testing.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

There are very few side effects or risks if the condition is diagnosed and treated before the cancer has spread widely.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

In Africa, there is limited capacity to treat breast cancer. Many cancers are diagnosed in advanced stages due to the limited number of diagnostic and treatment centers.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

For early-stage breast cancer, a “lumpectomy” surgery may be adequate. Additional radiation therapy will be required for cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.