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Agnes from Kenya raised $857 to fund a mastectomy.

Agnes
100%
  • $857 raised, $0 to go
$857
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Agnes's treatment was fully funded on December 31, 2020.
June 14, 2021

Agnes has had her surgery postponed while she undergoes chemotherapy.

We just received an update from our medical partner that Agnes’ surgery has been postponed. Before her scheduled surgery, the surgeon noted another mass and advised that she begin chemotherapy sessions right away before her Watsi-supported mastectomy. Her chemo is underway and going well but has been extended until August 2021 when she will be assessed again to see if her surgery can be scheduled. Our partner has asked that we support another person at this time and we will continue to be her for Agnes as soon as she is ready for surgery. Thank you for your understanding and support.

We just received an update from our medical partner that Agnes' surgery has been postponed. Before her scheduled surgery, the surgeon noted ...

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November 30, 2020

Agnes is a housewife from Kenya and a mother of 2 children aged 2 and 10 years old. Agnes’ husband is a stonemason who earns a daily wage, and his income is dependent on the availability of work. Because she does not work, their family depends solely on him for income and to pay medical bills, which is only enough to cover their basic needs.

Agnes has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Without treatment, the cancer may spread to other organs. She needs to undergo a mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $857 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Agnes. The procedure is scheduled to take place on December 2nd. After treatment, Agnes will hopefully return to a cancer-free life.

Agnes shared, “My family is my greatest motivation, I need to get this surgery to be able to raise my young kids and take care of my husband.”

Agnes is a housewife from Kenya and a mother of 2 children aged 2 and 10 years old. Agnes' husband is a stonemason who earns a daily wage, a...

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Agnes's Timeline

  • November 30, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 1, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Agnes's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 2, 2020
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Agnes was scheduled to receive 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.

  • June 14, 2021
    FUNDING ENDED

    Agnes is no longer raising funds.

  • June 14, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Agnes's treatment did not happen. Read the update.

Funded by 26 donors

Funded by 26 donors

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