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

Midlyne
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$1,085
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$0
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Fully funded
Midlyne's treatment was fully funded on September 1, 2017.

Photo of Midlyne post-operation

March 30, 2017

Midlyne underwent a mastectomy.

Midlyne had a successful surgery. She would like to get back to work and grow her business. She is excited for the future.

She says, “I’m ready to feel like myself again, and this surgery brings me a step closer to my goal. I am thankful and relieved.”

Midlyne had a successful surgery. She would like to get back to work and grow her business. She is excited for the future. She says, “I’m...

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March 18, 2017

“Life continues, so you should too.” This idea has been a source of much-needed strength for Midlyne, a 35-year-old woman from Haiti who has been living with breast cancer for several years.

Midlyne earns money to support herself and her two teenaged daughters by selling used clothes (pèpè) as a street merchant. She enjoys the process of selling clothes, and she also loves watching TV dramas in her spare time.

In December of 2015, Midlyne felt a small lump in her right breast. Over time, the lump began to swell and to cause her great discomfort. After a biopsy in January of 2016, Midlyne was diagnosed with breast cancer. Simple actions are now very painful, making it impossible for Midlyne to perform many of her domestic chores, from washing clothes to grinding spices. She has also lost her appetite.

In December, Midlyne began chemotherapy, which decreased the number of cancerous cells in her body. However, her doctors have told her that in order to completely beat the cancer, she will also need to undergo a mastectomy, scheduled for March 18.

Midlyne cannot afford to pay for this operation on her own. For $1,085, we can sponsor this life-saving procedure, as well as her lab tests, two-day hospital stay, and roundtrip travel to the medical facility.

Once her health is restored, Midlyne looks forward to returning to commerce, and to one day expanding her business. Let’s give her the chance she deserves to pursue those dreams.

“Life continues, so you should too.” This idea has been a source of much-needed strength for Midlyne, a 35-year-old woman from Haiti who has...

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Midlyne's Timeline

  • March 18, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Midlyne was submitted by Gaelle Mondestin at Innovating Health International, our medical partner in Haiti.

  • March 18, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Midlyne received treatment at St. Luc Family 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.

  • March 29, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Midlyne's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 30, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Midlyne's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 01, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Midlyne's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Mastectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,085 for Midlyne'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.