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Robinah from Uganda raised $1,110 to fund a mastectomy to treat breast cancer.

Robinah
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Robinah's treatment was fully funded on December 28, 2021.
February 14, 2022

Robinah underwent a mastectomy to treat breast cancer but was able to raise funds from her community.

We received an update that Robinah’s doctors modified her treatment plan from total mastectomy to partial mastectomy, which reduced the length of her hospital stay and operation costs. Her friends were able to contribute funds and with the surgery cost being lower than planned, Robinah requested that Watsi help to fund someone else in need.

Robinah was grateful for the support offered and for her successful surgery. She hopes to recover soon and shared, “Thank you for being willing to help with my surgery.”

We received an update that Robinah's doctors modified her treatment plan from total mastectomy to partial mastectomy, which reduced the leng...

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December 15, 2021

Robinah is a 35-year-old woman and a mother of one child. Her son is eight years old and in the first grade in primary school in their hometown. She used to run a small market selling fruits and vegetables, but she closed it last year. She and her son live with her elderly mother in a two-room rental house.

In March of 2020, Robinah noticed a small, painless lump in her breast. About a year later, the lump began to grow and Robinah visited a government hospital for further evaluation. She had a left breast biopsy and was diagnosed with breast cancer. Without treatment, the cancer may spread to other organs. Her doctors have recommended that she undergo a mastectomy, or a surgery to remove breast tissue, to remove the cancer and prevent it from metastasizing.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Robinah receive treatment. On December 17th, she will have a mastectomy at AMH’s care center. After surgery, Robinah will hopefully return to her life cancer-free. Now, she needs help raising $1,110 to cover the cost of her procedure and care.

Robinah shared, “no, I can’t lose my breast. I am so young, and it is my source of pride as a woman. But I need to fight this cancer. It is heartbreaking but I am strong because I know it is necessary to have the surgery.”

Robinah is a 35-year-old woman and a mother of one child. Her son is eight years old and in the first grade in primary school in their homet...

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Robinah's Timeline

  • December 15, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Robinah was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • December 20, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Robinah's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 22, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Robinah 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 28, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Robinah's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 14, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Robinah. Read the update.

Funded by 16 donors

Funded by 16 donors

Treatment
Mastectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,110 for Robinah'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.