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Success! Erlando from the Philippines raised $1,279 to fund corrective surgery for his birth condition.

Erlando
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$1,279
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$0
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Fully funded
Erlando's treatment was fully funded on April 19, 2022.

Photo of Erlando post-operation

May 4, 2022

Erlando underwent corrective surgery for his birth condition.

Erlando’s surgery was successful! His family is relieved that he’ll no longer need pouches attached to his side and no longer will be at risk for future complications. He can now fully experience life as a child without any more difficulty.

“I am overjoyed, and there is no longer any concern that my child would become infected as a result of his condition since he has completed his treatments. We’re relieved that he won’t have to deal with his colostomy pouch during his childhood,” Erlando’s mother shared.

Erlando’s surgery was successful! His family is relieved that he'll no longer need pouches attached to his side and no longer will be at ris...

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February 15, 2022

Erlando is a playful three-year-old boy from the Philippines who loves to giggle and watch Tik Tok videos. Erlando was born with a congenital abnormality that leads to intestinal complications. This condition requires Erlando to go through a series of corrective procedures to eliminate the abnormality and reduce the risk of life-threatening complications.

Erlando’s parents sew uniforms for a living and work hard to earn enough to sustain their daily needs. Our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines, is helping Erlando’s parents raise $1,279 to cover the total cost of Erlando’s procedure and care. He is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on February 16th and after his recovery, Erlando will be able to live a happier and healthier life.

Erlando’s mother shared,” This surgery will be the biggest blessing our child will ever receive given our economic situation. It will be a such a relief to see him grow up healthy.”

Erlando is a playful three-year-old boy from the Philippines who loves to giggle and watch Tik Tok videos. Erlando was born with a congenita...

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Erlando's Timeline

  • February 15, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Erlando was submitted by Kolyn Gervacio, Marketing and Communications Officer at World Surgical Foundation Philippines.

  • February 16, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Erlando 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.

  • February 20, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Erlando's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 19, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Erlando's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 4, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Erlando's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Treatment
Anorectal Malformation
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,279 for Erlando's treatment
Hospital Fees
$277
Medical Staff
$330
Medication
$180
Supplies
$166
Labs
$201
Radiology
$11
Other
$114
  • 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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