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Success! Paulina from Kenya raised $740 to treat breast cancer.

Paulina
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Fully funded
Paulina's treatment was fully funded on November 2, 2015.

Photo of Paulina post-operation

January 12, 2016

Paulina received successful breast cancer treatment.

“Paulina’s mastectomy was successful. She exudes more confidence than prior to surgery,” her doctor shares.

“I am very happy!!” Paulina tells us. “If it weren’t for you this disease would have killed me. I thank God for touching you.”

"Paulina’s mastectomy was successful. She exudes more confidence than prior to surgery," her doctor shares. “I am very happy!!" Paulina t...

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October 25, 2015

Paulina is 48 years old, and works to support her family in Kenya. She is a widow and has three children. “Her two younger children are still in school and Paulina prays that they will be able to complete their education and get good jobs,” our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), tells us.

“Five months ago, Paulina discovered a lump in her left breast,” reports AMHF. After seeing a specialist in Nairobi, a biopsy confirmed that the lump is cancerous.

Doctors have recommended a mastectomy to remove her entire left breast, but Paulina worries about the costs. “Paulina does any odd jobs she gets to be able to feed and provide for her family,” AMHF tells us. After her husband passed away, she became the sole provider for her family and her children’s education. It took her a long time to save enough money to afford the initial scans to diagnose the cancer and she cannot save more to pay for the operation.

For $740, Paulina will receive surgery and follow-up chemotherapy to ensure that the cancer is completely removed. These funds will cover all the costs of the operation, the chemotherapy, and her hospital stay.

Paulina is looking forward to the opportunity to regain her health. “All she knew was that cancer kills and that she did not want to die,” explains AMHF. “After counseling and elaboration of the treatment process from the doctor, hope shows in her eyes.”

Paulina is 48 years old, and works to support her family in Kenya. She is a widow and has three children. "Her two younger children are stil...

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Paulina's Timeline

  • October 25, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 26, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Paulina received treatment. 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.

  • November 2, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Paulina's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 2, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    Paulina's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 12, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Paulina's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Dismas

Dismas is a boda boda taxi driver from Kenya. He is a bright and hardworking young man from a highland region in Elgeyo Marakwet County. Dismas is the third born in a family of four. He studied up to the 7th grade in primary school, but then had to stop attending due to the school fees. Now he lives in a rental house with his wife and their son. His parents live in a place far from him in a semi-arid area, and he moved to look for work and to earn a living. Before his recent accident, Dismas was employed as a motorcycle driver and his limited wages enabled him to sustain his family and give his parents a little support. After a severe road traffic accident about three weeks ago, Dismas was taken to the hospital on a stretcher and is still unable to walk. The bill for his care has been accumulating and he had no funds to pay due to his current state and inability to work. Well-wishers helped him pay the bill and he was discharged home with his fracture stabilized on a splint. One of his brothers reached out to a friend who knew of our medical partner's care center, Kapsowar Hospital, and he was brought in to see if they could help him. An x-ray found that he sustained fractures of the distal tibia and fibula. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On April 26th, Dismas will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. After he heals from this surgery, he will be able to walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1145 to fund this procedure. Dismas says, "It really hurts when I see my family suffering. I am worried about their future if my condition doesn’t change. Kindly help me get well so that they may not be impacted even more.”

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