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Success! Anne-Marie from Haiti raised $1,085 to fund mastectomy surgery.

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

Photo of Anne-Marie post-operation

July 14, 2017

Anne-Marie underwent mastectomy surgery.

Anne-Marie had a successful surgery. She is looking forward to feeling like herself again. She is excited to be more active and become more independent. She feels energized and happy to be able to get the surgery. More than anything, she feels grateful.

She says, “I feel really good. With God, anything is possible. I am happy I could get the help I needed.”

Anne-Marie had a successful surgery. She is looking forward to feeling like herself again. She is excited to be more active and become more ...

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May 10, 2017

Anne-Marie is a 58-year-old woman from Haiti. She lives with her cousin. To support herself, Anne-Marie is a street merchant, selling products such as clothing and shoes. When not working, she enjoys going to church, where she is very involved.

In September 2016, Anne-Marie discovered a small mass in her breast. As the mass increased in size, Anne-Marie visited her doctor, who then referred her to St. Luc Family Hospital, our medical partner’s care center. There, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She began chemotherapy in February 2017.

After four sessions of chemotherapy, Anne-Marie is ready to continue to the next step of her treatment. On May 10, Anne-Marie will undergo a mastectomy. Our medical partner, Innovating Health International, is asking for $1,085 to cover the cost of her operation.

Anne-Marie is looking forward to feeling like herself again and is very excited to get back to being active and healthy.

Anne-Marie is a 58-year-old woman from Haiti. She lives with her cousin. To support herself, Anne-Marie is a street merchant, selling produc...

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Anne-Marie's Timeline

  • May 10, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 10, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Anne-Marie 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.

  • May 26, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Anne-Marie's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 14, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Anne-Marie's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 01, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Anne-Marie's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

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