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Success! Romy from the Philippines raised $1,464 to fund cleft lip and palate repair.

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$1,464
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$0
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Fully funded
Romy's treatment was fully funded on December 27, 2016.

Photo of Romy post-operation

February 1, 2017

Romy underwent successful cleft lip surgery.

He already feels more hopeful about his future. A week after the operation, his sutures were removed. Now, he can eat more easily, and he has gained confidence. His whole family is looking forward to his cleft palate repair surgery in six months.

“This is a Christmas gift for me, and I am thankful for all the people who helped me,” says Romy. “I am praying always for all of you. I can go back to school now without being shy…I hope you will also help other children, so they will not be afraid to smile. Thank you.”

He already feels more hopeful about his future. A week after the operation, his sutures were removed. Now, he can eat more easily, and he ha...

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November 28, 2016

Romy is a 15-year-old boy from the Philippines. He is a curious boy who loves to explore. He was born with a cleft lip and palate. His condition has always caused him difficulty eating, speaking, and communicating with others. Despite these obstacles, Romy is very industrious. He helps his father with household chores and was described as a “peacemaker” in the family.

Romy’s mother passed away when he was young, so he and his two siblings live with their relatives. His father works as a recycled junk collector, and he has difficulty supporting his children. His father always hoped for Romy to receive treatment, but he could not afford healthcare.

When the family learned about our medical partner, International Care Ministries, they were very happy. Romy underwent a repair surgery on December 1. Now, the family needs help to pay his $1,464 medical bill. After recovery, Romy will no longer experience difficulty eating and speaking. His confidence will grow and his quality of life will improve.

“We are very thankful that after many years, he will finally undergo surgical correction,” says Romy’s father. “He will grow to have confidence, and he can live a life like a normal teenager. Romy is a fine boy––he is willing to make sacrifices for his siblings, and he is a great help in the household chores.”

He continues, “I am thankful that you chose him to be sponsored for surgery….We are so blessed that you have come in our community.”

Romy is a 15-year-old boy from the Philippines. He is a curious boy who loves to explore. He was born with a cleft lip and palate. His condi...

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Romy's Timeline

  • November 28, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 1, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Romy 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.

  • December 7, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Romy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 27, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Romy's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 1, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Romy's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Cleft Lip / Palate Repair - WITHOUT PHIL-HEALTH
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,464 for Romy's treatment
Hospital Fees
$189
Medical Staff
$630
Medication
$265
Supplies
$0
Other
$380
  • 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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