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Success! Rispah from Kenya raised $740 to treat breast cancer.

Rispah
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$740
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Fully funded
Rispah's treatment was fully funded on December 18, 2015.

Photo of Rispah post-operation

January 26, 2016

Rispah received successful treatment for breast cancer.

“Rispah underwent successful mastectomy,” says our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “She recovered well and feels positive after the surgery.”

AMHF adds, “She is very happy that she has finally been treated.”

“Please express my sincere thanks to all those who made this available to me and my family,” Rispah shares. “We appreciate your thoughtfulness in selecting us to receive this help and relieve our financial burden.”

"Rispah underwent successful mastectomy," says our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). "She recovered well and fe...

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November 27, 2015

“Rispah noticed she had a mass on her breast in May 2014. Her doctor recommended surgical removal of the mass. Rispah had no money for the surgery and kept the sickness away from her children so as to avoid bothering them financially,” shares her doctor at African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF).

“One year later, the mass has grown rapidly and Rispah experiences bouts of pain,” AMHF continues. “She struggles to perform tasks such as doing laundry. Rispah eventually informed her children who brought her to our facility.”

“65-year-old Rispah is widowed. She lives with her eldest daughter in Kenya - a single mother who has two children. Rispah says she enjoys living with her grandchildren. “I feel like a young mother again,” she says smiling. Rispah farms on a quarter acre of land her deceased husband left her. For the last harvest, Rispah had no maize harvest to sell, and the little she did was used at home,” AMHF continues.

For $740, we can fund a mastectomy to remove Rispah’s breast.

“After a mastectomy, we expect the cancer spread will be halted,” AMHF says. “Rispah will have a chance to regain her full health.”

“All my attention is on my health now,” Rispah adds. “I want to farm maize and beans when I get well.”

"Rispah noticed she had a mass on her breast in May 2014. Her doctor recommended surgical removal of the mass. Rispah had no money for the s...

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Rispah's Timeline

  • November 27, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Rispah was submitted by Beatrice Njoroge, Curative Medical Support Program Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • November 30, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Rispah received treatment at AIC Kijabe Hospital in Kenya. 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 1, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Rispah's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 18, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    Rispah's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 26, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Rispah's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 22 donors

Funded by 22 donors

Treatment
Mastectomy
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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