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Success! Jonalyn from the Philippines raised $1,500 to fund corrective surgery.

Jonalyn
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Jonalyn's treatment was fully funded on January 8, 2018.

Photo of Jonalyn post-operation

October 3, 2017

Jonalyn underwent corrective surgery.

She will no longer experience bowel dysfunction. She will undergo a final operation in a few months to fully repair her condition.

Her aunt says, “We are looking forward that after the third operation, Jonalyn will have a normal life like other children.”

She will no longer experience bowel dysfunction. She will undergo a final operation in a few months to fully repair her condition. Her a...

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July 20, 2017

Jonalyn is a four-year-old girl living in the Philippines with her aunt. Jonalyn’s biological parents have separated, and her aunt is her primary guardian. During the day, she helps her aunt do household chores, such as washing the dishes and cleaning the house.

When Jonalyn was two years old, she was diagnosed with Hirshsprung’s Disease, a congenital disorder where there are missing nerve cells in the muscle tissue surrounding the colon, causing bowel dysfunction.

Our medical partner, International Care Ministries, has scheduled a procedure to correct this condition. The total cost of the procedure is $1,500, and covers supplies, medications, transportation, and six days of inpatient care. The procedure is scheduled for July 26.

Jonalyn is a four-year-old girl living in the Philippines with her aunt. Jonalyn's biological parents have separated, and her aunt is her pr...

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Jonalyn's Timeline

  • July 20, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Jonalyn was submitted by Krishiel Ferenal, National Health Officer at International Care Ministries, our medical partner in Philippines.

  • July 26, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Jonalyn received treatment at Bacolod Adventist Medical Center. 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 18, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Jonalyn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 03, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Jonalyn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 08, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Jonalyn's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

Treatment
Anal Malformation
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $3,119 for Jonalyn's treatment
Subsidies fund $1,619 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$549
Medical Staff
$1,389
Medication
$112
Supplies
$0
Travel
$433
Labs
$345
Other
$291
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Patients experience bowel dysfunction due to a number of anal malformation conditions.

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

Without treatment soon after birth, this condition will be fatal. Most children will undergo an emergency colostomy, during which part of the large intestine is attached to an opening created in the abdominal wall. If the child does not undergo reconstructive surgery for the anal canal, he or she will live indefinitely with the colostomy. He or she will wear a bag attached to the abdominal wall. This causes social difficulty and limits participation in activities, such as sports and swimming. Furthermore, it requires daily care to prevent infection and herniation.

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

This treatment 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?

Prior to the surgery, the patient will undergo tests to determine the nature of the abnormality. The patient will undergo two surgeries. The first surgery is a perineal anoplasty, in which an anal opening is created and any other defects are repaired. After a few months, surgeons will perform the second surgery to close the colostomy.

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

This surgery is life-changing. The patient will no longer live with the discomfort and limitations caused by the colostomy.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This treatment is relatively complex, but usually the outcomes are good. Down's Syndrome, congenital heart disease, and urinary abnormalities can lead to complications, so children are screened for these conditions before surgery.

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

Patients may travel several hours by bus to reach pediatric surgeons in major hospitals. These patients are members of our medical partner's sponsored communities.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

The only alternative to undergoing corrective surgery is continuing to live with a colostomy.

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