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Success! Marie-Ange from Haiti raised $1,085 to fund a mastectomy.

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

Photo of Marie-Ange post-operation

September 22, 2017

Marie-Ange underwent a mastectomy.

Marie-Ange had a successful surgery. Once healed, she will be able to take care of her newborn. She is looking forward to being more independent and getting her health back intact.

She says, “I’m so glad I was able to have this opportunity. I want to be present in the lives of my kids and I will do everything that is possible to do so.”

Marie-Ange had a successful surgery. Once healed, she will be able to take care of her newborn. She is looking forward to being more indepen...

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August 26, 2017

Marie-Ange is a 30-year-old mother of three living in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. To support her family, Marie-Ange worked as a street merchant selling cosmetic products. About two years ago, Marie-Ange felt a small mass in her left breast. She saw a doctor, who told her that the mass was not dangerous and prescribed her some medication. Noticing that the mass did not go away, Marie-Ange sought a second opinion from a doctor at our medical partner’s care center, St. Luc Family Hospital.

Doctors at St. Luc did a biopsy of the mass and diagnosed Marie-Ange with breast cancer. However, before she could begin chemotherapy Marie-Ange found out that she was pregnant. Doctors therefore decided to forego chemotherapy and conduct a mastectomy.

After giving birth, Marie-Ange was still feeling discomfort at the site of the mass. She returned to the hospital to have the mass re-examined and doctors suggested she undergo a second mastectomy and then chemotherapy.

Our medical partner, Innovating Health International, is requesting $1,085 to fund the surgery. Marie-Ange is hopeful that after treatment she will be able to return to her job and continue to care for her young family. Her surgery is scheduled for August 26.

Marie-Ange is a 30-year-old mother of three living in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. To support her family, Marie-Ange worked as a street merchant s...

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Marie-Ange's Timeline

  • August 26, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 26, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Marie-Ange 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.

  • September 19, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Marie-Ange's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 22, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Marie-Ange's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 08, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Marie-Ange's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 22 donors

Funded by 22 donors

Treatment
Mastectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,085 for Marie-Ange'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.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.