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Success! Ethan from the Philippines raised $434 to fund surgery for correcting an intestinal blockage.

Ethan
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$434
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$0
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Fully funded
Ethan's treatment was fully funded on January 2, 2023.

Photo of Ethan post-operation

January 15, 2023

Ethan underwent surgery for correcting an intestinal blockage.

Ethan’s surgery was a success! His parents are so happy now. He is recovering well and is preparing for his final surgery that will complete his treatment. His parents are grateful for this life-changing opportunity that was given to their son.

Ethan’s mother shared, “Before, we were just praying that Ethan could receive his needed treatment. All we ever hoped for is for him to have a normal life. We thank Watsi and World Surgical Foundation Philippines for making this happen.”

Ethan's surgery was a success! His parents are so happy now. He is recovering well and is preparing for his final surgery that will complete...

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October 19, 2022

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.

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...

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Ethan's Timeline

  • October 19, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 22, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ethan 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.

  • October 25, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ethan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 2, 2023
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ethan's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 15, 2023
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ethan's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

Treatment
Anorectal Malformation
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $434 for Ethan's treatment
Hospital Fees
$91
Medical Staff
$40
Medication
$35
Supplies
$177
Labs
$53
Radiology
$11
Other
$27
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Children born with anorectal malformations have dysfunctional bowels due to closure or partial closure of the anus.

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

Children with anorectal malformations are at risk for growth and motor development impairments and other severe complications. The child may also feel isolated or stigmatized given the dysfunctional bowel movement.

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

Teenage and late presentation for treatment of anorectal malformations is not uncommon in the developing world. Some of the reasons for late presentation include but are not limited to illiteracy, poverty, lack of awareness, and limited trained pediatric surgeons. In rural areas, babies with this condition can be considered cursed and are marginalized.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The anus will be surgically created within the sphincter muscle of the patient.

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

The procedure gives the child a new chance at life without the shame of dysfunctional bowel movement, the need for a different diet, and dependence on his/her parents for irrigation and ostomy pouch. A better quality of life awaits every child who undergoes the procedure.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Some of the potential side effects or complications include infection of the surgical site, narrowing of the anal canal, inability to control bowel movements, and rectum collapse.

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

World Surgical Foundation Philippines programs are known throughout the country so patients often travel from other islands and provinces where care isn't available to access treatment in the capital city.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Patients with minimal bowel passage and without access to surgery opt for dilatation or irrigation to help pass stool easily.

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