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

Leonida
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$1,110
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$0
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Fully funded
Leonida's treatment was fully funded on December 15, 2021.

Photo of Leonida post-operation

December 22, 2021

Leonida underwent breast cancer treatment.

Leonida smiles big in appreciation. She has been discharged home and cannot hide her joy. She was diagnosed with stage 3 left-sided breast cancer and needed a mastectomy surgery and later chemo to get rid of the cancerous cells.

Leonida had a smooth surgery and will be returning to the clinic for support and chemotherapy in the months ahead.

As she headed home, Leonida said, “I am happy. I will be united with my family. This journey to fight cancer needs support and I thank you for being my support.”

Leonida smiles big in appreciation. She has been discharged home and cannot hide her joy. She was diagnosed with stage 3 left-sided breast c...

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November 22, 2021

Leonida is jovial and speaks in her native language as she sits with the local Watsi rep to share her story. Her daughter acts as a translator as she narrates her story. Leonida was recently diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. She needs a mastectomy surgery and later chemo to get rid of the cancerous cells.

In October 2020, Leonida started feeling a painless lump on her left breast. It was not alarming at the time, and she never took it seriously. After several months, the lump grew in size and started developing pain. She visited a local clinic in their hometown in Siaya, Western Kenya. She was being treated with pain medication and ointments. Later, in October this year, she opted to visit her daughter in the city of Nairobi and seek further medical attention. She went to a facility where they had a biopsy and CT scan which revealed cancer. She was referred for surgery. She opted to come to our medical partner’s care center Kijabe Hospital for surgery.

Leonida is a mother of five who are all adults. Although supportive, her children do not have stable jobs to fund for the surgery. Her government mandated national health insurance medical cover is not active and takes many months to become available. Her surgery is urgent and cannot wait for the coverage to come in, if at all. She is a small-scale farmer without a source of income and relies on her kids for food and medical expenses. She shared that she lost her husband in 2004, so making ends meet can be difficult.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1110 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Leonida. The procedure is scheduled to take place on November 22nd. After treatment, Leonida will hopefully return to a cancer-free life.

Leonida says, “I am old now and weak. This cancer is threatening my life and therefore need this treatment to fight it.”

Leonida is jovial and speaks in her native language as she sits with the local Watsi rep to share her story. Her daughter acts as a translat...

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Leonida's Timeline

  • November 22, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 22, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Leonida's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 23, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Leonida 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.

  • December 15, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Leonida's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 22, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Leonida's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Treatment
Mastectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,110 for Leonida'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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