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Success! Tabitha from Kenya raised $857 to fund her mastectomy.

Tabitha
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  • $857 raised, $0 to go
$857
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Tabitha's treatment was fully funded on January 8, 2021.

Photo of Tabitha post-operation

January 11, 2021

Tabitha underwent her mastectomy.

Tabitha underwent her Modified Radical Mastectomy, a surgery that will help stop her breast cancer and enable her to get back to her normal life. She is feeling hopeful to be able to get back to her business of making and repairing fishing nets once she fully recovers.

She shared that for a long time she has struggled to raise her kids on her own, and this disease was threatening her peace now that her kids are finally adults. Her hopes to be healthy and retire in peace had dwindled after she was diagnosed with cancer. But now that she was able to undergo this surgery, she is hopeful her dreams and desires will come to be fulfilled. She will continue to visit a special clinic for review and follow up so the doctors can support her recovery.

Tabitha shared, “I thank God I finally managed to get the surgery. I know it’s hard to adjust without one breast but it’s worth it considering the harsh effect of the disease.”

Tabitha underwent her Modified Radical Mastectomy, a surgery that will help stop her breast cancer and enable her to get back to her normal ...

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October 13, 2020

Tabitha is a middle-aged woman from Kenya and a very jovial lady. She is a single mother with two children.

In December 2019, Tabitha started feeling some swollen tissue in her breast. A few days later, she went to a nearby hospital to seek care. In the facility, a scan was done and she was given some medication. As time went by, the tissue in her breast continued to grow and worried Tabitha greatly. She returned to the facility to seek further treatment, but beyond a biopsy test and another scan, the facility told her they could not offer her additional treatment.

When a family member paid her a visit, Tabitha shared her story and was referred to Kijabe Hospital. Upon arrival, she was examined and diagnosed with breast cancer. The doctors recommended a mastectomy to remove the lump in her breast. Without treatment, the cancer may metastasize to other organs.

Tabitha has struggled financially to raise both of her children. To earn a living, she makes and repairs fishing nets and hooks and later sells them. One of her children has joined her in this business, and the other one does casual jobs to earn a living. Tabitha is not able to raise or source funds to pay for this surgery and appeals for financial help.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $857 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Tabitha. The procedure is scheduled to take place on October 15th. After treatment, Tabitha will hopefully return to a cancer-free life.

Tabitha says, “Having heard from the doctor that the swollen tissue might be cancerous, I am very much worried about my health. On the other hand, I am happy that the tissue can be removed. I am hopeful that I will receive treatment very soon despite having no money for the surgery.”

Tabitha is a middle-aged woman from Kenya and a very jovial lady. She is a single mother with two children. In December 2019, Tabitha sta...

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Tabitha's Timeline

  • October 13, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Tabitha was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • October 14, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Tabitha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 21, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Tabitha received treatment at AIC Kijabe Hospital in Kenya. 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.

  • January 8, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Tabitha's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 11, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Tabitha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 16 donors

Funded by 16 donors

Treatment
Mastectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $857 for Tabitha'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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