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Margaret from Kenya raised $816 to fund treatment for breast cancer.

Margaret
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  • $816 raised, $0 to go
$816
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Margaret's treatment was fully funded on January 8, 2018.

Photo of Margaret post-operation

September 22, 2017

Margaret underwent treatment for breast cancer.

The surgery reduced chances of further cancer spread within her body. She is set to continue with her clinical visits, as well as to start other treatments, such as chemotherapy. With full recovery, Margaret will be able to resume her house hold chores.

Margaret says, “I am grateful for the support offered to me. My hope is to get well and care for my husband.”

The surgery reduced chances of further cancer spread within her body. She is set to continue with her clinical visits, as well as to start o...

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August 16, 2017

Meet Margaret, a 55-year-old married grandmother from Kenya. She enjoys staying at home and looking after her grandchildren.

About one year ago, Margaret noticed a lump on her left breast. As it was not painful at the time, she was not concerned about it. Margaret recently visited our medical partner’s care center, AIC Kijabe Hospital, to seek treatment for the pain. A biopsy was subsequently performed and doctors diagnosed Margaret with breast cancer. Margaret has been recommended for a mastectomy to remove the cancerous cells and prevent them from spreading to other parts of her body. This will take place on August 21.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is asking for $816 to help pay for Margaret’s life-saving surgery.

“Even if I worry, I know that I cannot change much. So I choose to rely on God and Watsi’s donors,” says Margaret.

Meet Margaret, a 55-year-old married grandmother from Kenya. She enjoys staying at home and looking after her grandchildren. About one ye...

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Margaret's Timeline

  • August 16, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Margaret was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • August 21, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Margaret 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.

  • September 18, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Margaret's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 22, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Margaret. Read the update.

  • January 8, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Margaret's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Mastectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $816 for Margaret's treatment
Hospital Fees
$763
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$5
Supplies
$0
Labs
$9
Other
$39
  • 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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.