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Success! Sarah from Kenya raised $857 to fund a mastectomy.

Sarah
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  • $857 raised, $0 to go
$857
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sarah's treatment was fully funded on May 6, 2021.

Photo of Sarah post-operation

May 18, 2021

Sarah underwent a mastectomy.

Sarah was finally able to undergo the mastectomy she needed to treat a large mass in her chest. The general surgery team removed a large lower mass and the surgery was successful. She will continue to return to the clinic for follow up care, but no more surgery is anticipated for her. She was grateful to be heading home and feeling more optimistic.

Sarah says, “Although I am coming to term with this happenings, I thank God for this successful surgery, and thank you for the support financially. I hope the pains and discomfort now go.”

Sarah was finally able to undergo the mastectomy she needed to treat a large mass in her chest. The general surgery team removed a large low...

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April 9, 2021

Sarah is a 73-year-old woman who is currently living with one of her four children. She used to run a green grocery shop that she closed down almost a year ago. She doesn’t have a source of income now and relies on her children for survival. Although they are supportive, she shared that all of her children don’t have stable jobs and income.

In February, Sarah was diagnosed with breast cancer. Without treatment, the cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, which is a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been recommended to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $857 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Sarah. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 9th. After treatment, Sarah will hopefully be cancer free.

Sarah shared, “my happiness is gone, I feel sad and demoralized. I have no reason to smile or to be jovial since I will be losing one of my breasts. I know this surgery is important but sadly I cannot afford the entire cost. I hope to get the surgery and be fine again.”

Sarah is a 73-year-old woman who is currently living with one of her four children. She used to run a green grocery shop that she closed dow...

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Sarah's Timeline

  • April 9, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sarah was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • April 9, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sarah 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.

  • April 9, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sarah's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 6, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sarah's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 18, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sarah's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 23 donors

Funded by 23 donors

Treatment
Mastectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $857 for Sarah'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.