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Success! Guerda from Haiti raised $1,085 to fund a mastectomy.

Guerda
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  • $1,085 raised, $0 to go
$1,085
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Guerda's treatment was fully funded on January 8, 2018.

Photo of Guerda post-operation

August 14, 2017

Guerda underwent a mastectomy.

Guerda had a successful mastectomy. She is pleased with the results and is so excited about her future. She says that she feels stronger and ready for the next step. Once healed Guerda will be able to be more independent.

She says, “I thank God for my health and ability to be able to get treatment for my illness. I feel excited and ready to continue to live.”

Guerda had a successful mastectomy. She is pleased with the results and is so excited about her future. She says that she feels stronger and...

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July 27, 2017

Guerda is a 52-year-old mother of three from Haiti. Guerda used to cook for a living. She worked primarily at a restaurant she was running from within her home, and she specialized in Haitian cuisine. Besides cooking, Guerda is heavily involved in her church; she used to often go on mission trips all around Haiti.

About a year ago, Guerda found a small mass in her left breast. Although the local health center told her that there was no cause for concern, Guerda noticed her breast rapidly increase in size. Upon referral to our medical partner’s care center, St. Luc Family Hospital, Guerda was diagnosed with breast cancer. She has since undergone eight sessions of chemotherapy, which have completely sapped her energy and made it difficult for her to provide for her family.

Our medical partner, Innovating Health International, is requesting $1,085 to fund a mastectomy for Guerda, which is scheduled to take place on July 27. The procedure will greatly decrease the risk of cancer metastasis and will hopefully allow Guerda to return to the activities that she greatly enjoys. Guerda accepts that she cannot change what has happened, so she is therefore firm in her resolve to not let her condition take over her life and spirit.

Guerda is a 52-year-old mother of three from Haiti. Guerda used to cook for a living. She worked primarily at a restaurant she was running f...

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Guerda's Timeline

  • July 27, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Guerda was submitted by Gaelle Mondestin at Innovating Health International.

  • July 27, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Guerda received treatment at St. Luc Family Hospital in Haiti. 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.

  • August 14, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Guerda's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 14, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Guerda's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 8, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Guerda's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

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