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Success! Franceska from Haiti raised $1,085 to remove a tumor.

Franceska
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  • $1,085 raised, $0 to go
$1,085
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Franceska's treatment was fully funded on December 20, 2017.

Photo of Franceska post-operation

August 15, 2017

Franceska underwent a successful surgery.

She is very happy that she was able to get this treatment. She is excited that she no longer has to live with this tumor in her breast. She will be able to continue on with her favorite activities without having to worry about her future and most importantly, her health.

Her mother says, “I am so thankful that I was able to get this help for my daughter. It has been a long road but I’m happy my daughter is alright. I can sleep better now.”

She is very happy that she was able to get this treatment. She is excited that she no longer has to live with this tumor in her breast. She ...

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July 29, 2017

Franceska is a 15-year-old young woman who lives with her older brother and mother in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She is in eight grade, and her favorite subject is physics because she finds it easy to understand. In the future, Franceska would like to become a pediatrician. She loves kids and would love to work with them and take care of people.

In October of 2016, Franceska noticed a small mass in her right breast that was causing her discomfort. A few weeks later, she went to the hospital and had a mammogram. Because Franceska is so young, her aunt did not agree with having the mass removed. In the meantime, the mass continued to increase in size and itch. If left untreated, the mass could develop malignancy and cause extensive harm.

Our medical partner, Innovating Health International, is requesting $1,085 to cover the cost of having the tumor removed from Franceska’s breast. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 29 and, once completed, will hopefully allow Franceska to return to the activities that she greatly enjoys.

Franceska is a 15-year-old young woman who lives with her older brother and mother in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She is in eight grade, and her ...

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Franceska's Timeline

  • July 29, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Franceska was submitted by Gaelle Mondestin at Innovating Health International, our medical partner in Haiti.

  • July 29, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Franceska received treatment at St. Luc Family 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.

  • August 15, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Franceska's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 15, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Franceska's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 20, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Franceska's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 19 donors

Funded by 19 donors

Treatment
Mastectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,085 for Franceska's treatment
Hospital Fees
$815
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$95
Supplies
$110
Travel
$10
Labs
$40
Radiology
$15
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Patients present with lumps in the breast, dimpling of the skin, swelling in the armpit, or discharge from the nipple.

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

Breast cancer is a fatal disease. In Haiti, a mastectomy is the only option for treatment.

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

Because cancer care is a relatively recent option in Haiti, cancer is seen as a death sentence. Haitians are very hesitant to remove a part of their body for fear of social stigma. To minimize this fear, our medical partner offers breast reconstruction. Patients also receive counseling before and after surgery.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Patients receive chemotherapy for several months either before or after surgery. The surgery lasts two hours and recovery lasts two weeks.

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

This treatment saves lives.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Patients might develop infections because many do not have access to clean water. To combat this possibility, patients are given bottles of wound cleanser. A few patients might develop permanent arm swelling. In some cases, cancer can recur.

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

In the entire country, there are only three options for cancer care. Through private doctors, a mastectomy can cost several thousand dollars. Many women move from doctor to doctor and exhaust all their savings.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Without treatment, patients will likely pass away.

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