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

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

Photo of Marjorie post-operation

July 14, 2017

Marjorie underwent a mastectomy.

Marjorie had a successful surgery. She hopes to become more independent and overall feel better. Being a stay-at-home mother, Marjorie will be able to take care of her house chores and be more active with her kids. She is looking forward to being healthy again and feeling strong again.

She says, “This is the next step in my recovery. I am excited for my future and look forward to take the next step.”

Marjorie had a successful surgery. She hopes to become more independent and overall feel better. Being a stay-at-home mother, Marjorie will ...

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May 31, 2017

Marjorie is a 44-year-old woman from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She lives with her husband, son, and two daughters. Marjorie is a stay at home mother and dedicated church member. She enjoys participating in church events and taking care of her children.

In May 2015, Marjorie noticed a small mass in her breast. She went to the doctor and had a mammogram and sonogram. After a biopsy, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Marjorie initially hid her diagnosis from her family hoping to protect them from pain and worry. However, as her condition progressed she could no longer hide her illness. With the support of her church, she sought treatment and began chemotherapy in February 2017.

Marjorie continues to try and take care of her children and household but has trouble with daily functioning and relies heavily on her family and friends. Doctors have recommended that Marjorie have a mastectomy. Our medical partner, Innovating Health International, is requesting $1,085 to fund Marjorie’s operation, which will be performed on May 31.

Marjorie hopes that this surgery will allow her to regain her health and be there for her children. She says, “A child needs their mother to take care of them and give them advice about life. I want to be able to do that for my own.”

Marjorie is a 44-year-old woman from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She lives with her husband, son, and two daughters. Marjorie is a stay at home m...

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Marjorie's Timeline

  • May 31, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Marjorie was submitted by Gaelle Mondestin at Innovating Health International.

  • May 31, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Marjorie 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.

  • June 8, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Marjorie's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 14, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Marjorie's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 1, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Marjorie's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Mastectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,085 for Marjorie'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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71% funded

71%funded
$1,075raised
$425to go

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