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Success! Naomi from Kenya raised $816 to fund a mastectomy.

Naomi
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  • $816 raised, $0 to go
$816
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Naomi's treatment was fully funded on December 31, 2016.

Photo of Naomi post-operation

February 8, 2017

Naomi underwent a mastectomy.

The lump was removed, reducing her chances of cancer metastasis. She was discharged and has been recovering well.

Naomi is scheduled to have frequent clinical reviews. In the future, she may undergo chemotherapy.

Naomi says, “Thank you for the assistance. I hope to pay you back through service to my grandchildren. God bless you.”

The lump was removed, reducing her chances of cancer metastasis. She was discharged and has been recovering well. Naomi is scheduled to ...

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November 28, 2016

Naomi is a hardworking 75-year-old woman with four children. She also takes care of her grandchildren, whose father was killed during a violent wave of post-election chaos in 2008. She supports her family through farming.

Naomi visited several hospitals after discovering a lump on her right breast, but she never received a diagnosis. Finally, she was referred to our medical partner’s hospital, AIC Kijabe Hospital. There, a biopsy diagnosed her with breast cancer.

Without treatment, Naomi’s cancer could spread and cause further health issues. Fortunately, she underwent a mastectomy procedure on November 29. Naomi has been unable to work since receiving her diagnosis, so she needs help to fund this $816 surgery.

“I want to limit spread of the disease to the rest of my body,” she says, “to be able to care for my grandchildren.”

Naomi is a hardworking 75-year-old woman with four children. She also takes care of her grandchildren, whose father was killed during a viol...

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Naomi's Timeline

  • November 28, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Naomi was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • November 29, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Naomi 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.

  • December 06, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Naomi's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 31, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Naomi's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 08, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Naomi's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Mastectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $816 for Naomi'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.