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

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

Photo of Inozanne post-operation

March 30, 2017

Inozanne underwent a mastectomy.

Inozanne had a successful surgery. She will be able to get back to work as a street merchant. Once fully healed, Inozanne will be able to take care of her home and land.

She says, “I feel relieved and excited that I made it this far. I accomplished this step, and I’m ready to keep fighting to become healthy again.”

Inozanne had a successful surgery. She will be able to get back to work as a street merchant. Once fully healed, Inozanne will be able to ta...

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March 18, 2017

66-year-old Inozanne, a native of Haiti, describes herself as a lover of the earth. In fact, she used to earn her living by working with the land—she grew beans and raised cattle on a small patch of land. However, in October of 2016, her house, cattle, and land were destroyed by Hurricane Matthew.

These losses are made all the more financially and emotionally difficult by the fact that Inozanne is also battling breast cancer. In July 2016, she discovered a small mass in her right breast, and she has been receiving chemotherapy since September. However, Inozanne’s doctors have advised her that in order to completely defeat the cancer, she also needs to undergo a mastectomy, or complete removal of her right breast tissue.

Inozanne will receive this surgery on March 18. Unfortunately, she cannot afford to pay for it on her own. For $1,085, we can fully sponsor Inozanne’s mastectomy, as well as her lab tests, two-day hospital stay, and roundtrip travel to the medical center.

Receiving this mastectomy will not only decrease the pain that Inozanne feels in her chest, but will also allow her to support her large family once more. Once fully recovered, she would like to begin a new career selling cooking ingredients. Let’s make sure this resilient woman has the chance to pursue all of these goals.

66-year-old Inozanne, a native of Haiti, describes herself as a lover of the earth. In fact, she used to earn her living by working with the...

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Inozanne's Timeline

  • March 18, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Inozanne was submitted by Gaelle Mondestin at Innovating Health International.

  • March 18, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Inozanne 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.

  • March 28, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Inozanne's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 30, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Inozanne's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 1, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Inozanne's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
Mastectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,085 for Inozanne'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.