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Success! Lhory from the Philippines raised $1,253 to fund a cholecystectomy to treat gallstones.

Lhory
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  • $1,253 raised, $0 to go
$1,253
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Lhory's treatment was fully funded on September 29, 2022.

Photo of Lhory post-operation

October 5, 2022

Lhory underwent a cholecystectomy to treat her gallstones.

Lhory’s surgery was successful! She’s so happy now that she’s pain-free and doesn’t have to worry about her health condition. She’s now back to doing what she loves, which is taking care of her family.

Lhory shared, “I felt so limited before because of the pain I felt with every move. Now, I can move with ease and don’t need to worry about how to finance my medical treatment. Thank you so much to Watsi and World Surgical Foundation Philippines for helping me and my family.”

Lhory's surgery was successful! She’s so happy now that she’s pain-free and doesn’t have to worry about her health condition. She’s now back...

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April 28, 2022

Lhory, a 30-year-old woman from the Philippines, experienced severe right-side abdominal pain starting in January. She went to the closest hospital and was advised to undergo a whole abdominal ultrasound. The test showed that she has gallstones that need to be surgically removed.

With her husband’s limited income as an Air Conditioner Technician, they’re unable to cover the cost of her treatment. Fortunately, she was able to reach out to our medical partner, the World Surgical Foundation Philippines.

Lhory is now scheduled on May 3rd to undergo surgery to treat her condition. Our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines, is requesting $1,253 to cover the total cost of Lhory’s procedure and care.

After her recovery, Lhory will no longer experience severe abdominal pain or be at risk of developing severe health complications in the future.

“My current condition hinders me from doing my usual day-to-day chores. My condition makes it hard for me to bend, sit or lift objects,” Lhory shared. “We don’t have the capacity to finance my surgery. So, I’d like to thank the World Surgical Foundation Philippines and Watsi for helping me. I hope that after this surgery, I can fully take care of my family again,” says Lhory.

Lhory, a 30-year-old woman from the Philippines, experienced severe right-side abdominal pain starting in January. She went to the closest h...

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Lhory's Timeline

  • April 28, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 2, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lhory's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 3, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lhory 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.

  • September 29, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lhory's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 5, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Lhory's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 30 donors

Treatment
Cholecystectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,253 for Lhory's treatment
Hospital Fees
$251
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?

Symptoms of cholecystitis may include severe pain in the upper right abdomen or center of your abdomen. pain that spreads to your right shoulder or back and tenderness above your abdomen.

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

The inability to predict when an attack of pain would occur will lead to the patients’ feelings of uncertainty. Decreases in function levels at home and at work are common. Some patients had significant weight loss due to the fear of excruciating pain coming back after eating.

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

With surgical care becoming increasingly expensive, individuals with cholecystitis tend to put off surgery to focus on the daily needs of the family, which increases the risk for gallbladder rupture. The unpredictability of pain attacks also causes social isolation and a tendency to not participate in social activities. These further detriment the health and well-being of the patient.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The gallbladder will be surgically removed.

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

Expect to spend two or three days in the hospital recovering. Once at home, it may take four to six weeks to fully recover.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Complications that may arise include pain, fever higher than 38.3 degrees Celsius, vomiting that won't subside, foul-smelling or bloody drainage from the incision, significant redness and swelling of the incision, not passing a bowel movement for two to three days after surgery.

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 only within limited regions in the country, like in the capital city. World Surgical Foundation Philippines programs are known throughout the country so patients come from within Manila and from other regions.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Patients may resort to natural remedies, such as gallbladder cleanses consisting of a blend of fruit juice, herbs, and oil. Others may also use apple cider vinegar instead of proper treatment to help their condition.

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