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Success! Tabitha from Kenya raised $740 to treat breast cancer.

Tabitha
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Tabitha's treatment was fully funded on December 22, 2015.

Photo of Tabitha post-operation

January 12, 2016

Tabitha received treatment for breast cancer.

In 2014, Tabitha, a single mother of five, noticed palpable lumps on her right breast. However, her initial attempt at treatment quickly exhausted her savings, leaving her without enough money to afford the life-saving surgery she needed. Now, thanks to your support, Tabitha is cancer-free.

“Tabitha had a successful mastectomy on her right breast,” says our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “A large breast tissue mass was removed.”

AMHF continues, “Post-surgery Tabitha is doing well and is looking forward to going back to her fruit business.”

“I am not sure there are enough words to express my gratitude for your generosity, God bless Watsi,” Tabitha shares.

In 2014, Tabitha, a single mother of five, noticed palpable lumps on her right breast. However, her initial attempt at treatment quickly exh...

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November 27, 2015

“For two weeks now, Tabitha - a fruit seller - has not sold a single fruit. Having to bear with a lot of pain, Tabitha has had to take a hiatus,” explains our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF).

“Tabitha, a divorced mother of five, has cancer of the right breast. Tabitha says she noticed a small painless lump in 2014. A year later, thousands spent, numerous tests done, Tabitha reports the lump has been rapidly increasing in size. The lump is also painful,” AMHF continues.

“Tabitha separated from her husband ten years ago. He provides little financial assistance and rarely communicates with the family. For ten years now, Tabitha has provided for her children and nurtured them: they have known her as both mother and father. Tabitha sells fruits in the central part of Kenya. From her earnings, Tabitha supports her mother who’s diabetic and her last born daughter who is just out of high school.”

Tabitha needs a mastectomy to remove her breast, and ensure the cancer does not spread. Treatment will cost $740, but Tabitha has no way of affording the total cost. Fortunately, we can help make it happen.

“We expect after a mastectomy, the risk of cancer spreading to other organs will be halted. Tabitha will be able to resume work and support her family,” AMHF adds.

"For two weeks now, Tabitha - a fruit seller - has not sold a single fruit. Having to bear with a lot of pain, Tabitha has had to take a hia...

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Tabitha's Timeline

  • November 27, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Tabitha was submitted by Beatrice Njoroge, Curative Medical Support Program Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare Foundation, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • December 01, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Tabitha received treatment at AIC Kijabe 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.

  • December 01, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Tabitha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 22, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    Tabitha's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 12, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Tabitha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 20 donors

Funded by 20 donors

Treatment
Mastectomy
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.