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

Martha
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  • $1,110 raised, $0 to go
$1,110
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Martha's treatment was fully funded on September 13, 2021.

Photo of Martha post-operation

September 29, 2021

Martha underwent breast cancer treatment.

Martha under went a successful procedure to combat her worrying health condition. She was discharged from the hospital after the surgery and continues to recover and heal at home. Martha is looking forward to continuing to live peacefully and raising her children with good health. This has been a big relief for her.

Martha says, “I hope with this successful surgery I will be able to get rid of cancer and live a normal life.”

Martha under went a successful procedure to combat her worrying health condition. She was discharged from the hospital after the surgery and...

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September 6, 2021

Martha, a passionate mother of 7 and a widow, is farmer in Kenya. She is hardworking and enjoys doing her house chores. Martha cultivates crops on her two-acre ancestral property. She has no other source of income and relies upon her friends and relatives to support her livelihood.

Martha has just 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 cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMH), is requesting $1110 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Martha. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 7th, 2021. After treatment, Martha will hopefully return to a cancer-free life.

Martha says, “I thought I would age peacefully and raise my children. They need me since they do not have their father. I hope this surgery helps me to get rid of the cancer and live a normal life.”

Martha, a passionate mother of 7 and a widow, is farmer in Kenya. She is hardworking and enjoys doing her house chores. Martha cultivates cr...

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Martha's Timeline

  • September 6, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Martha was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • September 8, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Martha 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.

  • September 9, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Martha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 13, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Martha's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 29, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Martha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

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