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

Kesline
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  • $1,085 raised, $0 to go
$1,085
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Kesline's treatment was fully funded on September 1, 2017.

Photo of Kesline post-operation

July 14, 2017

Kesline underwent a mastectomy.

Kesline had a successful mastectomy. She is feeling positive about her future and full of energy. She cannot wait to get back into her activities and become more independent.

She says, “I feel good so far and I’m happy that I got this surgery done and that everything went well.”

Kesline had a successful mastectomy. She is feeling positive about her future and full of energy. She cannot wait to get back into her activ...

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June 14, 2017

Kesline is a 41-year-old mother of two who lives in Haiti. She likes going to church and is a strong believer in God. Although Kesline used to work as a street merchant, the interference of her illness with the heavy lifting required by her trade has forced her to stop.

Two years ago, Kesline felt a small mass in her right breast. After a multitude of tests and exams, she was eventually diagnosed with breast cancer. Ever since, Kesline has undergone 12 sessions of chemotherapy and has experienced extensive discomfort.

Kesline has spent all of her life’s savings on medical fees, tests, exams, and trips to different hospitals. Our medical partner, Innovating Health International, is therefore requesting $1,085 to fund a mastectomy for Kesline, which is scheduled to take place on June 14. Kesline is excited for this next step, hoping that, after surgery, she will have more energy, become more independent, and be able to take care of herself.

Kesline is a 41-year-old mother of two who lives in Haiti. She likes going to church and is a strong believer in God. Although Kesline used ...

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Kesline's Timeline

  • June 14, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Kesline was submitted by Gaelle Mondestin at Innovating Health International.

  • June 14, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kesline 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.

  • June 27, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kesline's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 14, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kesline's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 1, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kesline's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 1 donor

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Funded by 1 donor

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