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Success! Acelie from Haiti raised $1,085 to fund a mastectomy.

Acelie
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  • $1,085 raised, $0 to go
$1,085
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Acelie's treatment was fully funded on January 8, 2018.

Photo of Acelie post-operation

August 17, 2017

Acelie underwent a mastectomy.

Acelie had a successful mastectomy. Once healed, she will become more independent and eventually start working again to support herself.

She says, “I am so happy that everything went well. I feel great about the surgery and can’t wait to be fully back on my feet.”

Acelie had a successful mastectomy. Once healed, she will become more independent and eventually start working again to support herself. ...

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July 29, 2017

Acelie is a 61-year-old woman who was originally from the southern part of Haiti but currently lives in Port-au-Prince. She is the mother of four kids.

Acelie used to be a street merchant and sold food items but currently does not work. She enjoys going to church and likes to clean her house.

One day, Acelie started to feel some pain in her back on her way home from work. She had to go to the hospital because the pain was so intense. She went to multiple hospitals, but she never received a diagnosis. She went to a maternity hospital, where she had a mammogram and a biopsy. The doctor there sent her to another hospital, where they officially diagnosed her with breast cancer.

In January, Acelie had her consultations and started her treatment with chemotherapy. After four sessions of chemotherapy, Acelie will have a mastectomy on July 29. Our medical partner, Innovating Health International, is requesting $1,085 to fund this surgery to remove the tumor in Acelie’s breast. Acelie hopes that she will be less dependent on her kids and will be able to start working again.

Acelie is a 61-year-old woman who was originally from the southern part of Haiti but currently lives in Port-au-Prince. She is the mother of...

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Acelie's Timeline

  • July 29, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 29, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Acelie 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 17, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Acelie's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 17, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Acelie's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 08, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Acelie's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Treatment
Mastectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,085 for Acelie'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.