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

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

Photo of Marie post-operation

March 8, 2017

Marie underwent a successful mastectomy.

The cancerous breast tissue was completely removed. She will no longer experience the pain and discomfort caused by the cancerous mass in her breast. Marie will be able to be more independent and work again.

She says, “Thank you for helping me from the beginning of this journey. I am ready to live again.”

The cancerous breast tissue was completely removed. She will no longer experience the pain and discomfort caused by the cancerous mass in he...

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March 1, 2017

Marie is a 62-year-old woman who lives in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She has experienced many hardships in her life but has persevered with the love and support of friends and family.

In the beginning of 2016, Marie felt a little mass on her left breast. Eventually, this lump become painful and bothersome, leading her to get biopsies at two separate hospitals—but she never received the results.

Finally, she was referred to our medical partner’s hospital, St. Luc Family Hospital, where she was diagnosed with breast cancer and began chemotherapy.

After a few months of chemotherapy, Marie will undergo a mastectomy on March 2. This operation will remove all the breast tissue and should give Marie her health back. The treatment will cost $1,085.

Marie’s son, James, has been her attentive caretaker as she fights this disease. He says, “Cancer is an illness of patience and courage. Always encourage them and keep on praying.”

Marie is a 62-year-old woman who lives in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She has experienced many hardships in her life but has persevered with the ...

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Marie's Timeline

  • March 1, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 02, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Marie 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.

  • March 07, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Marie's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 08, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Marie's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 01, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Marie's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

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