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Success! Rosemond from Haiti raised $1,085 to fund cancer-fighting surgery.

Rosemond
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  • $1,085 raised, $0 to go
$1,085
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Rosemond's treatment was fully funded on September 1, 2017.

Photo of Rosemond post-operation

March 30, 2017

Rosemond underwent cancer-fighting surgery.

Rosemond had a successful surgery. She is feeling energized and ready to get back on her feet. Once fully recovered, Rosemond will be able to return to work as a street merchant. In her spare time, she would like to get back into sewing as well. Rosemond is mostly looking forward to being the best grandmother!

She says, “I can breathe again, and that feels great. I want to be there for my grandchildren, and now that is possible.”

Rosemond had a successful surgery. She is feeling energized and ready to get back on her feet. Once fully recovered, Rosemond will be able t...

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March 17, 2017

Rosemond is a 62-year-old married woman who lives in Haiti. She is the mother of four girls and three boys.

Rosemond likes to watch the news and stay up-to-date on the country’s politics. She has a 4 o’clock radio news segment that she never misses. She also enjoys going to church.

Rosemond has had issues with her left breast for many years. After many hospital visits, sonograms, and a biopsy, Rosemond was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was referred to our medical partner’s care center, St. Luc Family Hospital.

Rosemond started chemotherapy in December to kill the cancerous cells. She now needs a mastectomy to remove her tumor. She’s scheduled for surgery on March 17 and needs our help to pay the $1,085 medical bill.

After her surgery, Rosemond will be more independent and present in her grandchildren’s lives.

Rosemond is a 62-year-old married woman who lives in Haiti. She is the mother of four girls and three boys. Rosemond likes to watch the n...

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Rosemond's Timeline

  • March 17, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Rosemond was submitted by Gaelle Mondestin at Innovating Health International.

  • March 18, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Rosemond received treatment at St. Luc Family Hospital in Haiti. 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.

  • March 21, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Rosemond's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 30, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Rosemond's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 1, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Rosemond's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
Mastectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,085 for Rosemond'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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