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Success! Tabitha from Kenya raised $1,110 to fund breast cancer treatment.

Tabitha
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  • $1,110 raised, $0 to go
$1,110
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$0
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Fully funded
Tabitha's treatment was fully funded on March 10, 2022.

Photo of Tabitha post-operation

March 18, 2022

Tabitha underwent breast cancer treatment.

Tabitha successfully underwent a mastectomy surgery to stop the spread of her cancer. She is now back home and recovering well. She is so glad to have received surgery.

Tabitha said, “I am happy I got support and finally the surgery. I know I will now be able to raise my kids since they depend on me.”

Tabitha successfully underwent a mastectomy surgery to stop the spread of her cancer. She is now back home and recovering well. She is so gl...

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January 13, 2022

Tabitha is a mother of four children and shared that her husband passed away few years ago. She works hard to find jobs, mostly doing laundry for people, to provide for her family. Over the years, she has managed to take care of her four children with the limited income she gets from her work.

Last November, Tabitha noticed a worrisome bump and consulted with her daughters who advised her to visit a hospital. She gathered some funds and visited a hospital nearby, but was not able to receive any help. She went to another facility that referred her to our Medical Partner’s care center Kijabe Hospital. There doctors have told Tabitha that she needs an urgent surgery.

Tabitha has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Without treatment, the cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been advised to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,110 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Tabitha. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 14th. After treatment, Tabitha will hopefully return to a cancer-free life.

Tabitha says, “I was very shocked when I learned about my condition and up to now, I do not know what to do as I cannot afford the surgery.”

Tabitha is a mother of four children and shared that her husband passed away few years ago. She works hard to find jobs, mostly doing laundr...

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Tabitha's Timeline

  • January 13, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Tabitha was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • January 17, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Tabitha 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.

  • January 18, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Tabitha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 10, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Tabitha's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 18, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Tabitha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 26 donors

Funded by 26 donors

Treatment
Mastectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,110 for Tabitha's treatment
Hospital Fees
$779
Medical Staff
$29
Medication
$37
Supplies
$199
Labs
$13
Other
$53
  • 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.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.