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Success! Evangeline from the Philippines raised $1,253 to fund gallbladder removal so she can live pain-free.

Evangeline
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$1,253
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Fully funded
Evangeline's treatment was fully funded on June 9, 2022.

Photo of Evangeline post-operation

June 13, 2022

Evangeline underwent gallbladder removal so she can live pain-free.

Evangeline’s surgery was successful! She’s so happy about the outcome of her treatment and she’s recovering well. Now that she’s free from pain, she’s eager to continue supporting her family.

“I no longer need to endure my pain and don’t have limitations on my movement. I’m more comfortable, and don’t have to worry about my health condition,” Evangeline shared. “Thank you, World Surgical Foundation Philippines and Watsi for making this possible. May your generous hearts be blessed so you can continue helping people like me,” she added.

Evangeline’s surgery was successful! She’s so happy about the outcome of her treatment and she’s recovering well. Now that she’s free from p...

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May 1, 2022

Evangeline is a 31-year-old woman who formerly worked as a spa attendant prior to being laid off during the pandemic. Evangeline shared that now she and her family rely on help from her mother to cover basic needs.

For about two months, Evangeline has been experiencing abdominal pain and nausea that went untreated. In April, she was rushed to our partner’s care facility, Our Lady of Peace Hospital, when her symptoms worsened. Evangeline received an ultrasound test which revealed she was suffering from Cholelithiasis, a condition in which gallstones form in the gallbladder. This condition requires Evangeline’s gallbladder to be removed surgically.

It has been difficult for Evangeline’s family to sustain their day-to-day needs, so our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines, is helping Evangeline raise the $1,253 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. After her recovery, Evangeline will no longer experience severe abdominal pain and nausea. This life altering surgery will save her from further risk of developing severe health complications.

“After this surgery, I’ll be able to apply for a job and help support my family, especially my kids who are still very young,” Evangeline shared. “Thank you, World Surgical Foundation Philippines, and Watsi for not only helping me get the needed surgery, but also, for helping ease our worries about finances.”

Evangeline is a 31-year-old woman who formerly worked as a spa attendant prior to being laid off during the pandemic. Evangeline shared that...

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Evangeline's Timeline

  • May 1, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Evangeline was submitted by Abegail Joy Cervania, Marketing and Communications Officer at World Surgical Foundation Philippines.

  • May 3, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Evangeline received treatment at Our Lady of Peace Hospital 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.

  • May 4, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Evangeline's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 9, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Evangeline's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 13, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Evangeline's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Treatment
Cholecystectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,253 for Evangeline's treatment
Hospital Fees
$251
Medical Staff
$330
Medication
$180
Supplies
$166
Labs
$201
Radiology
$11
Other
$114
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Symptoms of cholecystitis may include severe pain in the upper right abdomen or center of your abdomen. pain that spreads to your right shoulder or back and tenderness above your abdomen.

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

The inability to predict when an attack of pain would occur will lead to the patients’ feelings of uncertainty. Decreases in function levels at home and at work are common. Some patients had significant weight loss due to the fear of excruciating pain coming back after eating.

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

With surgical care becoming increasingly expensive, individuals with cholecystitis tend to put off surgery to focus on the daily needs of the family, which increases the risk for gallbladder rupture. The unpredictability of pain attacks also causes social isolation and a tendency to not participate in social activities. These further detriment the health and well-being of the patient.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The gallbladder will be surgically removed.

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

Expect to spend two or three days in the hospital recovering. Once at home, it may take four to six weeks to fully recover.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Complications that may arise include pain, fever higher than 38.3 degrees Celsius, vomiting that won't subside, foul-smelling or bloody drainage from the incision, significant redness and swelling of the incision, not passing a bowel movement for two to three days after surgery.

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

The care facility is equipped and accessible to handle this procedure for patients only within limited regions in the country, like in the capital city. World Surgical Foundation Philippines programs are known throughout the country so patients come from within Manila and from other regions.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Patients may resort to natural remedies, such as gallbladder cleanses consisting of a blend of fruit juice, herbs, and oil. Others may also use apple cider vinegar instead of proper treatment to help their condition.

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