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Success! Mila from the Philippines raised $322 to fund cleft lip treatment.

Mila
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  • $322 raised, $0 to go
$322
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Mila's treatment was fully funded on January 18, 2017.

Photo of Mila post-operation

January 25, 2017

Mila underwent successful cleft lip treatment.

Mila no longer feels timid and shy. She can eat and smile comfortably. After surgery, Mila said that this was one of the happiest moments in her 47 years of life.

“I have that confidence now to show how special I am to the people around me,” she says. “Thank you so much for all the help. I can now smile in front of the mirror.”

Mila no longer feels timid and shy. She can eat and smile comfortably. After surgery, Mila said that this was one of the happiest moments in...

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November 2, 2016

Mila is a 47-year-old mother of five. Four of her children are married, and she lives with her husband, youngest son, and four grandchildren. Mila enjoys staying at home and taking care of her grandchildren. Her husband works as a fisherman to support the family.

Mila was born with cleft lip and palate. This condition causes her social difficulty. Fortunately, she is in a community served by our medical partner, International Care Ministries. On November 3, she underwent cleft lip surgery. This treatment will improve Mila’s self-confidence. She needs help to pay her $322 medical bill.

“I dreamed of being treated since I was young,” says Mila. She adds that she is grateful for help from donors.

Her husband, Carlos, shares, “My family is so thankful for having this opportunity that will make my wife’s dream come true.”

Mila is a 47-year-old mother of five. Four of her children are married, and she lives with her husband, youngest son, and four grandchildren...

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Mila's Timeline

  • November 2, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 4, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mila 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 8, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mila's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 18, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mila's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 25, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mila's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 25 donors

Funded by 25 donors

Treatment
Cleft Lip w/ Philhealth- Surgery Camp
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $322 for Mila's treatment
Hospital Fees
$80
Medical Staff
$65
Medication
$23
Supplies
$9
Travel
$48
Radiology
$56
Other
$41
  • 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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.