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Success! Leah from Kenya raised $857 to fund a mastectomy to remove her breast cancer.

Leah
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  • $857 raised, $0 to go
$857
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Leah's treatment was fully funded on November 23, 2020.

Photo of Leah post-operation

October 28, 2020

Leah underwent a mastectomy to remove her breast cancer.

Leah’s mastectomy was a success. The surgery went as planned and no complications arose. Thanks to this procedure, she will get back to her normal life after healing.

Leah shared, “I cannot hide my joy, God bless you abundantly. This surgery will enable me to get back to normal and be able to take care of my little twins.”

Leah's mastectomy was a success. The surgery went as planned and no complications arose. Thanks to this procedure, she will get back to her ...

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August 19, 2020

Leah is a proud mother of six-year-old twins. Leah and her husband are casual laborers who earn a daily wage from manual labor.

Leah has 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 remove the breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $857 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Leah. The procedure is scheduled to take place on August 20th. After treatment, Leah will hopefully return to a cancer-free life.

In disbelief, Leah says, “This came as a shock to me, I was not financially prepared and the cost of the surgery is too high for me to afford. I need this surgery to fight this cancer and raise my beautiful twins”.

Leah is a proud mother of six-year-old twins. Leah and her husband are casual laborers who earn a daily wage from manual labor. Leah has ...

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Leah's Timeline

  • August 19, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Leah was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • August 20, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Leah's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 25, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Leah received treatment at AIC Kijabe 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.

  • October 28, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Leah's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 23, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Leah's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 19 donors

Funded by 19 donors

Treatment
Mastectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $857 for Leah's treatment
Hospital Fees
$763
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$5
Supplies
$0
Labs
$9
Other
$80
  • 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.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.