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

Jeannette
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  • $1,085 raised, $0 to go
$1,085
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Jeannette's treatment was fully funded on April 7, 2017.

Photo of Jeannette post-operation

August 11, 2017

Jeannette underwent a mastectomy.

Jeannette had a successful surgery. She will now be able to start with her activities again. She’s especially excited to be more involved in her church. She feels like she is one step closer to having her health intact.

She says, “I am so happy with the decision. With the grace of God, now I will be able to move forward and I can’t ask for much more than that.”

You may have noticed that this update was published a long time after this patient’s treatment date. We recently fixed a bug in our system that was causing a backup of some old updates, and we apologize for the delay!

Jeannette had a successful surgery. She will now be able to start with her activities again. She’s especially excited to be more involved in...

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April 6, 2017

Jeannette is a 35-year-old woman who lives in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She lives with her husband and her three children. She comes from a big family and has eight brothers and sisters.

Jeannette used to be a street merchant and sold different types of products, although she is not currently working. She is heavily involved in church and enjoys going to events organized by her church. She likes to watch television and stay up to date on current events.

In March of 2016, while nine months pregnant, Jeannette performed a breast examination and felt a lump in her right breast. One month later, the lump in her breast burst and became very painful. Because of the pain, she cannot wash her clothes or cook. Jeannette feels concerned and frustrated.

Jeannette came to our care center, St. Luc Hospital, for a consultation in July of 2016. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in September. She started with chemotherapy right away. After eight sessions, Jeannette will have a mastectomy on April 6.

“Having cancer does not automatically mean death. It is important to think positively and have courage,” shares Jeannette.

Jeannette is a 35-year-old woman who lives in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She lives with her husband and her three children. She comes from a big...

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Jeannette's Timeline

  • April 6, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Jeannette was submitted by Gaelle Mondestin at Innovating Health International.

  • April 6, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Jeannette 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.

  • April 7, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Jeannette's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 11, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Jeannette's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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