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Success! John Lee from the Philippines raised $322 to fund cleft lip surgery.

John Lee
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$322
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John Lee's treatment was fully funded on November 9, 2017.

Photo of John Lee post-operation

March 7, 2017

John Lee successfully underwent cleft lip surgery.

For weeks, John’s surgery was deferred because of his cough and colds. Fortunately, he was finally cleared, and his surgical intervention was successful. Surgeons rearranged the muscles of his soft palate, repairing the cleft and repairing the abnormal tissue.

Now, John is more active than ever. He is no longer shy, and he can eat comfortably. His family is thrilled with the changes they see in John.

His grateful father shares, “Finally, our prayers for John were granted. We’ve waited for this for so long, and we almost lost hope because we felt helpless about his problem. We thank you that this day came and for all who offered assistance for my son’s operation…Now, my son can have a fresh new start and live a normal life. We are very excited for what he will become someday.”

For weeks, John's surgery was deferred because of his cough and colds. Fortunately, he was finally cleared, and his surgical intervention wa...

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November 2, 2016

John Lee is an eight-year-old boy living in the Philippines with his parents and four siblings. His parents are unable to afford all of their children’s education, so John Lee’s grandparents pay his tuition and act as his guardians. John Lee is in the second grade. His father is a farm laborer, and his mother is a housewife. His father’s income only covers their basic expenses.

John Lee has a cleft palate with a unilateral cleft lip. In other words, the roof of his mouth opens into his nose, and there is an opening in his upper lip. At home, John Lee is a talkative and joyful child. However, his condition makes him feel shy in public, and he is sometimes reluctant to go to school.

Fortunately, on November 3, John Lee underwent repair surgery with our medical partner, International Care Ministries. The total cost of the surgery, including supplies and five days of inpatient care, is $322. His family needs help to pay the medical bill.

“I am very happy for my grandson,” shares his grandmother. “We have waited so long for this chance. I really want him to finish his studies so he can reach his dreams and ambitions in life.”

John Lee is an eight-year-old boy living in the Philippines with his parents and four siblings. His parents are unable to afford all of thei...

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John Lee's Timeline

  • November 2, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 3, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    John Lee 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 5, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    John Lee's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 7, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    John Lee's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 9, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    John Lee's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Cleft Lip w/ Philhealth- Surgery Camp
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $322 for John Lee'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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