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Oriana is a woman from Haiti who needs $1,085 to fund a mastectomy.

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July 29, 2017

Oriana is a 70-year-old mother of five kids. She lives in a town in the southern province of Haiti.

About a year ago, while laying down, Oriana felt something hard in her breast. She went to the hospital, and the doctor sent her to get a mammogram in Port-au-Prince, the capital. She went to the hospital, met with the doctors there, and had a biopsy. The results showed that it was breast cancer.

Oriana was referred to our medical partner’s care center, St. Luc Family Hospital. She has had four sessions of chemotherapy. Now, our medical partner, Innovating Health International, is requesting $1,085 to fund surgery to remove the tumor in Oriana’s breast. The operation is scheduled to take place on July 29.

With this surgery, Oriana will likely regain her previous quality of life. She is looking forward to becoming more involved in her church.

Oriana is a 70-year-old mother of five kids. She lives in a town in the southern province of Haiti. About a year ago, while laying down,...

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Oriana's Timeline

  • July 29, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 29, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Oriana received treatment at St. Luc Family Hospital.

  • August 16, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Oriana's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 17, 2017
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Oriana's treatment update from Innovating Health International.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Oriana is currently raising funds for her treatment.

Funded by 16 donors

Funded by 16 donors

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