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Success! Romeo from the Philippines raised $1,130 to fund hernia repair surgery.

Romeo
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Romeo's treatment was fully funded on July 27, 2022.

Photo of Romeo post-operation

August 3, 2022

Romeo underwent hernia repair surgery.

Romeo’s surgery was successful! He’s more comfortable now and can finally move around with ease. He’s free from worrying about his medical expenses and can start earning again for his family.

“It was like a dream come true! I’m more comfortable now and don’t need to worry about my treatment. If it weren’t for WSFP and WATSI, I will not be having this life-changing experience,” Romeo shared happily.

Romeo’s surgery was successful! He's more comfortable now and can finally move around with ease. He's free from worrying about his medical e...

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March 10, 2022

Romeo is a 67-year-old former carpenter and driver from the Philippines. Romeo has five children, and one his sons lives with and supports Romeo through part-time work as a call center agent.

In January, Romeo was diagnosed with a hernia, a condition that causes Romeo severe pain on the left side of his abdomen. Romeo has had to stop working due to worsening symptoms. Fortunately, on March 30th, Romeo will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner’s care center, Our Lady of Peace Hospital. Our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines, is helping Romeo raise $1,130 to fund this life altering surgery. Once completed, this procedure will allow him to live more comfortably and confidently.

Romeo’s son shared, “We pray and hope that this treatment will be the way for my father’s body to be healthier and his life to be even longer. We want to thank Dr. De Leon who referred us to World Surgical Foundation Philippines and Watsi. Because of this, our father will get the much needed surgical treatment.”

Romeo is a 67-year-old former carpenter and driver from the Philippines. Romeo has five children, and one his sons lives with and supports R...

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Romeo's Timeline

  • March 10, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 30, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Romeo 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.

  • March 31, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Romeo's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 27, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Romeo's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 3, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Romeo's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 14 donors

Funded by 14 donors

Treatment
Hernia repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,130 for Romeo's treatment
Hospital Fees
$225
Medical Staff
$264
Medication
$180
Supplies
$166
Labs
$170
Radiology
$11
Other
$114
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Hernia symptoms and factors that need surgery include long-term hernia pain or discomfort, pain or discomfort that interferes with everyday activities, and pain or discomfort intensifying or worsening over time.

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

The patient may experience a decrease in motor function and well-being due to the pain experienced with the case. Hernia can also be life-threatening to the patient if not treated immediately.

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

More often than not, in a country where home remedies are considered as a proactive measure instead of being assessed in the hospital, many Filipinos choose to treat their conditions at home. Additionally, with the increase of surgical costs in the country, and the distance between hospitals and patients, treatment is often out of reach for patients.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Herniorrhaphy is the procedure that repairs the weakened abdominal wall.

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

It takes three to six weeks for a full recovery after hernia surgeries. Usually, it will take one to two weeks before a person can go back to everyday activities and work or school.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

After six weeks of the procedure, the patient may resume normal activities, especially for patients who are doing manual labor.

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 within and around the National Capital Region.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Patients without a severe hernia may try home remedies as simple as a cold compress, but severe and long-term hernias require surgical treatment to fully heal.

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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Stephen

Stephen is a young man from Kenya. He is the firstborn in a family of 3 children. Their family has relied on their mother to provide for them as his father passed away when he was young boy. His mother does deliveries for different shop owners around their town. Stephen had to drop out from college do to inability to pay his school fees, and he now helps around the house and helps his mother with the deliveries, which is the how the family makes ends meet. Stephen has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Stephen has been experiencing severe headaches since this past July. He visited a hospital where a CT scan was done that revealed that he had a cyst that was obstructing the normal flow of fluid in and out of the head. An urgent surgery was recommended to remove the cyst, but he did not undergo it due to not having the funds for the procedure. A shunt insertion surgery has been recommended along with a craniotomy that will be performed later to remove the cyst. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $720 to cover the cost of surgery for Stephen that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on November 23rd and will drain the excess fluid from Stephen's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Stephen will hopefully continue to develop into a strong, healthy man. Stephen says, “I really want to be treated so that I can help my mom provide for us.”

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