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Success! Lyzah from the Philippines raised $1,246 for cleft lip surgery.

Lyzah
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  • $1,246 raised, $0 to go
$1,246
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Lyzah's treatment was fully funded on January 13, 2017.

Photo of Lyzah post-operation

January 19, 2017

Lyzah underwent successful cleft lip surgery.

The scar on her lip has healed. Now, she is enjoying increased confidence, which has caused her to participate more in school. Her parents are delighted to see these changes in their daughter, and they are thankful to the donors.

“I am excited for the things I can become when I continue my studies, now that I see myself as an important individual. I thank you all for the help you gave me,” says Lyzah. “You changed my life and the way I see myself. Now, I can face people without being shy or worried about how I look. I will study hard to reach my dreams. Thank you so much to all the sponsors.”

The scar on her lip has healed. Now, she is enjoying increased confidence, which has caused her to participate more in school. Her parents a...

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October 16, 2016

Lyzah is a 15-year-old girl and currently a high school student. She is jolly and friendly. She underwent cleft lip repair surgery when she was 3 months old. However, her cleft lip remains.

Lyzah has two siblings. Her fathers earn his living farming. Unfortunately, he does not earn enough for the family’s needs at home and school. Lyzah really wanted to receive this operation. She convinced her parents to go on this surgical mission.

After the treatment, Lyzah will have increased self-esteem. She can have confidence to unleash her potential at school, hopefully aiding her in pursuing her dreams and ambitions.

Lyzah is a 15-year-old girl and currently a high school student. She is jolly and friendly. She underwent cleft lip repair surgery when she ...

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Lyzah's Timeline

  • October 16, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Lyzah was submitted by Krishiel Ferenal, National Health Officer at International Care Ministries.

  • October 17, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lyzah received treatment at Tebow CURE Hospital in Davao in Philippines. 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.

  • October 20, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lyzah's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 13, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lyzah's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 19, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Lyzah's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Treatment
Cleft Lip - Surgery Camp
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,246 for Lyzah's treatment
Hospital Fees
$156
Medical Staff
$364
Medication
$209
Supplies
$12
Travel
$48
Radiology
$232
Other
$225
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

A cleft lip is a common birth defect that causes a split in the upper lip, which divides the lip into two parts separated by a gap. A cleft palate is a birth defect that causes a split in the palate. Some patients have splits in their lips, palates, and gums. These patients have difficulty eating and speaking clearly. Their appearances are affected, which may cause social difficulty. Finally, those with a cleft palate may also have difficulty swallowing and experience chronic ear infections.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Children with cleft lips experience a variety of psychosocial issues, such as anxiety, low self-esteem, and social isolation. They may also experience difficulty eating, speech impediments, ear infections, and hearing loss.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

This treatment is necessary and has no historical, cultural, or regional significance.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

A child is admitted prior to the surgery to be assessed by the surgeon and the anesthetist. The surgery is done under general anesthesia. The surgeon will make incisions to both sides of the cleft and create extra flaps of tissue to bridge the gap. These flaps are then brought together and sutured. If the patient has a split in more than one area, he or she will undergo multiple surgeries. The lip is repaired first, and the palate will be treated after six months. If the gum is split, the patient will undergo another surgery after several years.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

The patient will have only a thin scar on the upper lip, improving his or her appearance. The child's speaking ability and quality of life will improve tremendously.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Cleft lip repair is a relatively simple surgery that usually results in normal lip appearance, structure, and function. The main potential complication is infection. Patients may also develop abnormal scar tissue called keloids or hypertrophic scars.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Many regional hospitals provide this surgery. However, there are often significant out-of-pocket expenses that make the surgery inaccessible. Furthermore, families may not know how to navigate the health system. They need a case manager to guide them through each stage of treatment, which our medical partner provides.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Surgery is the only means of correcting the defect in the upper lip. This surgery will be supplemented by speech and nutrition therapy.

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