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Success! Margaret from Kenya raised $816 to fund a mastectomy.

Margaret
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  • $816 raised, $0 to go
$816
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Margaret's treatment was fully funded on April 6, 2018.

Photo of Margaret post-operation

April 28, 2018

Margaret underwent a mastectomy.

Mary’s surgery was successful, and the cancerous lobes were removed. She recovered well and was discharged. Mary is scheduled for clinical reviews and further treatment plans.

Mary says, “I am grateful for the successful surgery. I am confident that soon I will complete my cancer treatment and be free from it.”

Mary’s surgery was successful, and the cancerous lobes were removed. She recovered well and was discharged. Mary is scheduled for clinical r...

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March 29, 2018

Margaret is a farmer from Kenya. She is a mother of three children. She lost her husband in 2013.

Margaret 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 suggested to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $816 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Margaret. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 3. After treatment, Margaret will hopefully return to a cancer-free life.

Margaret says, “My hope is to be treated and continue bringing up my children. I hope that soon I will be treated and resume my normal duties.”

Margaret is a farmer from Kenya. She is a mother of three children. She lost her husband in 2013. Margaret has been diagnosed with breast...

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Margaret's Timeline

  • March 29, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Margaret was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare Foundation, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • March 29, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Margaret's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 04, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Margaret 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.

  • April 06, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Margaret's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 28, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Margaret's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 16 donors

Funded by 16 donors

Treatment
Mastectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $816 for Margaret's treatment
Hospital Fees
$763
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$5
Supplies
$0
Labs
$9
Other
$39
  • 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.