“Phyllis first noticed a lump in her left breast two years ago,” our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), reports. “She did not pay it much attention. A year later, while hospitalized with pneumonia, the lump was biopsied and she was informed that she had breast cancer.”
Phyllis, a 61-year-old mother from Kenya, visited several hospitals after receiving her diagnosis. But after extensive consultation, “she lost hope due to the high cost of the treatment,” says AMHF.
Phyllis is married with five children. She works on a farm with her husband to support her family, but has been unable to work recently due to pain on her upper left side.
Phyllis needs a mastectomy to remove the mass, and prevent the cancer from spreading to other organs. “If not treated soon,” AMHF continues, “the cancer could spread to other vital organs in Phyllis’ body and this could result in death.” A mastectomy will cost $740.
“I did not know that the small lump in my breast could be such a serious issue,” Phyllis tells us. “I thought I had been bitten by a spider. I thank God that it is not too late for me to get treated. Thank you for helping my family with the cost of my treatment.”