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Success! Randy from the Philippines raised $1,196 to fund shoulder surgery.

  • $1,196 raised, $0 to go
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Randy's treatment was fully funded on October 6, 2022.
May 1, 2022

Randy is a 49-year-old from the Philippines. He has developed a large mass on his left shoulder. Because of this mass, Randy has been unable to secure full time employment. In order to support the needs of his family, Randy works part time in the neighborhood where he lives.

Because of his inability to afford and access care, Randy had to delay treatment for a couple of years, and the mass increased in size. Fortunately, Randy found his way to our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines, and he is now scheduled for surgery on May 3rd at Our Lady of Peace Hospital. World Surgical Foundation Philippines is requesting $1,196 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care, which will remove the mass and enable Randy to return to full time employment.

“Randy is so eager to be treated so he can work and provide for his family,” his sister said. “We are very grateful to World Surgical Foundation Philippines and Watsi for helping people like us. Thank you for your generous hearts,” she added.

Randy is a 49-year-old from the Philippines. He has developed a large mass on his left shoulder. Because of this mass, Randy has been unable...

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Randy's Timeline

  • May 1, 2022

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

  • May 3, 2022

    Randy was scheduled to receive 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

    Randy's profile was published to start raising funds.


    Randy's treatment was fully funded.


    Awaiting Randy's treatment update from World Surgical Foundation Philippines.

Funded by 32 donors

Funded by 32 donors

Incision and Drainage
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,196 for Randy's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

The most obvious symptom of an abscess is a painful, compressible area of skin that may look like a large pimple or even an open sore. The skin around the abscess may look red and feel tender and warm. A patient may also see pus draining from the site.

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

Patients often experience pain, which can hinder them from carrying our day-to-day tasks or being active in their community. Patients may also feel self-conscious by the visibility of the abscess, impacting their self esteem.

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

The appearance of patients with a number of abscesses in the body may cause people to exclude them from society. Within the country, it may be common that people assume that the patient may have something contagious and they can be isolated socially.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Incision and drainage is to surgically remove abscess.

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

Patients will be able to live their life normally without exclusion from society.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Typically I&D is well tolerated with pain being the most common complication. Inadequately drained abscesses can lead to the extension of the infection into adjacent tissues and worsening of clinical status.

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 from across the Capital region.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Smaller abscesses (<5 mm) may resolve spontaneously with the application of warm compresses and antibiotic therapy.

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Aye is a 47-year-old mother, living with her daughter in Thailand. Up until four months ago, Aye worked as a day laborer on a farm. Because she has had to stop working, Aye's daughter left school, and now works as a nanny to help support her mother. Aye's siblings have also stepped up to support their sister. Five years ago, Aye began to experience pain on the left side of her body. She also developed a fever and vomiting, lost her appetite, and found it difficult to sleep. In addition, she experienced night sweats and a stiff neck. Aye was treated by a local health worker, and for a while, she felt better. However, in June 2021, her symptoms worsened, and she went to Mae Tao Clinic (MTC), where she was told to go to the hospital. Due to a lack of funds, Aye could not go to the hospital, and was treated at a local clinic, instead. In April 2022, Aye's symptoms returned, and she went back to Mae Tao Clinic, where she was diagnosed with stones in her left kidney. This time she did go the hospital, where she was told that she would need to have surgery, to remove the stones from her kidney. Thanks to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Aye is scheduled for surgery to remove the kidney stones on October 3rd, at Mae Sot General Hospital. After she has recovered, Aye should be able to return to her work and to enjoying her life, free from all of her uncomfortable symptoms. Aye and her family need your help to cover the $1,500 needed to pay for her surgery. Aye said: "I am happy that I will be able to receive surgery through donors. Thank you so much for saving my life.”

58% funded

$622to go

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