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Success! Polette from Haiti raised $1,085 to fund mastectomy surgery.

Polette
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  • $1,085 raised, $0 to go
$1,085
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Polette's treatment was fully funded on September 1, 2017.
August 29, 2017

Polette underwent mastectomy surgery.

Polette had a successful surgery. She is excited to restart her activities and be fully present for her kids. Once recovered, she will be able to start working again and help her kids pursue their academic goals.

She says, “God has been so good to me and I am so thankful. I’m ready to help support my children and provide for my family.”

Polette had a successful surgery. She is excited to restart her activities and be fully present for her kids. Once recovered, she will be ab...

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March 17, 2017

Polette is a 58-year-old woman from Haiti. She has a daughter and two sons. They live together, along with Polette’s mother and brother. Polette works as a street merchant to support her family.

In November of 2015, Polette noticed a small mass in one of her breasts. Polette visited the doctor and was diagnosed with breast cancer. In August of 2016, Polette began chemotherapy treatment at St. Luc Family Hospital, our medical partner’s care center. To ensure the cancer is completely gone, Polette has decided to undergo mastectomy surgery.

Polette will undergo surgery on March 17 at St. Luc Family Hospital. Our medical partner, Innovating Health International, is asking for $1,085 to cover the cost of her surgery, medication, and labs.

After her operation, Polette is looking forward to going back to work and helping her children pursue their academic endeavors.

Polette is a 58-year-old woman from Haiti. She has a daughter and two sons. They live together, along with Polette's mother and brother. Pol...

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Polette's Timeline

  • March 17, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 17, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Polette 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 17, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Polette's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 29, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Polette's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 01, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Polette's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

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