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

Mirlene
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  • $1,085 raised, $0 to go
$1,085
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Mirlene's treatment was fully funded on January 8, 2018.

Photo of Mirlene post-operation

September 22, 2017

Mirlene underwent a mastectomy procedure.

Mirlene had a successful surgery. Once healed, she will be able to get back into the groove of her activities. She is excited to be on the path to better health. She will be able to eventually get back to work and better take care of her family.

“I feel good about my decision. I thank God that I had the opportunity to have this surgery,” she says.

Mirlene had a successful surgery. Once healed, she will be able to get back into the groove of her activities. She is excited to be on the p...

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August 26, 2017

Mirlene is a 48-year-old woman from Haiti. She is the mother of three children, and she currently lives with her eldest daughter in Port-au-Prince. Before she became ill, Mirlene worked as a housekeeper. In her free time, Mirlene enjoys going to church and participating in church activities. She did not have the opportunity to attend school, but she made sure that all of her kids attended to school.

In November 2016, Mirlene felt a small mass in her right breast. However, the mass did not cause her any pain. She asked her friends and neighbors where she should go to seek help, and was referred to St. Luc Family Hospital (our medical partner’s care center) and their cancer program.

In December 2016, Mirlene underwent a biopsy and was diagnosed with cancer. Her diagnosis did not sadden her, and she was ready to fight. After four sessions of chemotherapy, Mirlene will undergo a mastectomy on August 26. Our medical partner, Innovating Health International, has requested $1,085 to fund Mirlene’s procedure. This amount will cover the full cost of Mirlene’s treatment, including a two-night hospital stay, supplies, medication, labs, physician and nurse time, radiology, and travel expenses.

After her surgery, she will also have four sessions of chemotherapy again. After treatment, Mirlene will be able to get back into work and support herself and her children.

Mirlene is a 48-year-old woman from Haiti. She is the mother of three children, and she currently lives with her eldest daughter in Port-au-...

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Mirlene's Timeline

  • August 26, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Mirlene was submitted by Gaelle Mondestin at Innovating Health International.

  • August 26, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mirlene 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.

  • September 21, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mirlene's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 22, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mirlene's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 8, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mirlene's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 15 donors

Funded by 15 donors

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