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Success! Min from the Philippines raised $322 to fund cleft lip surgery.

Min
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  • $322 raised, $0 to go
$322
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$0
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Fully funded
Min's treatment was fully funded on October 28, 2016.

Photo of Min post-operation

January 20, 2017

Min underwent cleft lip surgery.

He will no longer experience difficulty eating and breathing. His parents are very grateful that he underwent surgery. In six months, he will undergo a cleft palate repair surgery.

“Thank you for everything you’ve done for us, for giving attention to the people who have same condition as my child,” says Min’s mother. “Your effort and passion to help is really appreciated.”

He will no longer experience difficulty eating and breathing. His parents are very grateful that he underwent surgery. In six months, he wil...

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October 16, 2016

Min is a seven-month-old boy from the Philippines who was born with a cleft lip. His mother had difficulty feeding him, and she stopped working to take care of him full-time.

Min’s mother worried that as he grew, Min’s condition would bring him unwanted attention. She hoped that her son would enjoy a normal childhood. Fortunately, Min underwent cleft lip surgery on October 17, 2016.

Min’s father is the sole earner in their family, working as a chef in a local restaurant. They need help to cover the cost of Min’s $322 surgery.

“We don’t have enough capacity to support the operation because we are just starting a family,” says Min’s mother. “We really need your assistance….I will do everything to see that he is taken care of…Thank you so much.”

Min is a seven-month-old boy from the Philippines who was born with a cleft lip. His mother had difficulty feeding him, and she stopped work...

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Min's Timeline

  • October 16, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 17, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Min 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 21, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Min's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 28, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Min's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 20, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Min's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Treatment
Cleft Lip w/ Philhealth- Surgery Camp
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $322 for Min's treatment
Hospital Fees
$80
Medical Staff
$65
Medication
$23
Supplies
$9
Travel
$48
Radiology
$56
Other
$41
  • 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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