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Success! Michael from the Philippines raised $1,500 to fund urgent appendix surgery.

Michael
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Michael's treatment was fully funded on April 29, 2022.

Photo of Michael post-operation

May 9, 2022

Michael underwent urgent appendix surgery.

Michael’s surgery was a success! His family is so happy to see him regaining strength and without pain. He can study and play again like he used to before.

His father happily shared, “We are excited about his full recovery. Thank you so much WSFP and Watsi for giving Michael a chance to live a normal life again.”

Michael’s surgery was a success! His family is so happy to see him regaining strength and without pain. He can study and play again like he ...

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March 29, 2022

Michael is a bright and kind nine-year-old from the Philippines. Four days ago, he started having abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. His family took him to be seen at a hospital near their home and there he was given medicine to alleviate the symptoms. When his condition seemed to worsen, his father decided to seek a second opinion from our medical partner’s care center, Our Lady of Peace Hospital.

Doctors have diagnosed Michael with a ruptured appendix and he needs an emergency operation. Michael’s mother is undergoing dialysis so their family is unable to cover the cost of his surgery and have requested support.

“Knowing that he needs to be operated on, I felt nervous and afraid. I’m worried about our family’s finances.” Philip, his father, shared. “I don’t know where to get the money for his medical expenses, so I’m really grateful to WSFP and WATSI for helping us,” he added.

Michael is a bright and kind nine-year-old from the Philippines. Four days ago, he started having abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. His ...

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Michael's Timeline

  • March 29, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 30, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Michael 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.

  • April 1, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Michael's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 29, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Michael's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 9, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Michael's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Appendectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,654 for Michael's treatment
Subsidies fund $154 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$555
Medical Staff
$490
Medication
$252
Supplies
$257
Labs
$9
Radiology
$17
Other
$74
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Appendicitis pain often starts off as mild cramping in the upper abdomen or belly button area that then moves to the lower right quadrant of the abdomen. The pain often; begins suddenly, gets worse when moving or coughing, is intense that it wakes the patient up from sleep, is severe and different from other abdominal pain experienced by the patient, and worsens within a few hours.

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

Living with acute, chronic appendicitis deals with intense pain in the abdomen causing a decrease in the well-being of the patients.

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

Acute appendicitis is the most common surgical emergency of the abdomen, while appendectomy is one of the most frequently performed surgical procedures. This procedure is not risky for patients in the geographical or medical sense. This might be risky for patients in communities without the basic operating room equipment to aid surgeons in the treatment.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Appendectomy is surgically removing the appendix. If the appendix bursts, the surgeon will also clean out the abdominal cavity.

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

The patient will be able to live their life normally without the excruciating pain in the abdomen.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Potential side effects may include sepsis, peritonitis, and abscesses.

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 near the capital region.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There is no alternative treatment available for this procedure.

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