Ethan is a playful 4-year-old boy from the Philippines. He loves to play with his toys, write letters and draw shapes. His father works as a part-time primary school teacher, while his mother is a full-time mom.
Ethan was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital condition that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. He needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction.
Fortunately, our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines (WSFP), is helping Ethan undergo treatment. He is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct his condition on October 22nd.
A portion of the cost of his treatment is being supported by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and WSFP is raising $434 to cover the remaining cost of Ethan’s procedure and care. After his recovery, Ethan will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future.
“We are financially incapable to finance our son’s needed treatment. Despite his young age, he already knows his condition. He is shy to go outside to play with other kids, and tries to hide his colostomy bag,” Ethan’s mother shared tearfully. “With this free surgery, Ethan will have a chance to grow normally. I’m thankful to WATSI and World Surgical Foundation Philippines for this life-changing opportunity for Ethan,” she added.