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Success! Christian from the Philippines raised $845 to fund hernia repair surgery so he can live more comfortably and confidently.

Christian
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  • $845 raised, $0 to go
$845
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Christian's treatment was fully funded on November 5, 2022.

Photo of Christian post-operation

November 15, 2022

Christian underwent hernia repair surgery so he can live more comfortably and confidently.

Our medical partner shared that Christian’s surgery was successful! Though he still needs more rest to fully recover, he shared that he already feels much better now. His family is hopeful that he can study, play, and grow up like other kids.

Christian’s mother shared, “We’re truly grateful to WATSI and World Surgical Foundation Philippines for all your help. We hope you could help other less fortunate families like us.”

Our medical partner shared that Christian's surgery was successful! Though he still needs more rest to fully recover, he shared that he alre...

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August 4, 2022

Christian is a caring and helpful 13-year-old boy from the Philippines. He takes care of his two younger siblings and helps his mother sell vegetables. His father works multiple part-time jobs to help provide for their family.

Since Christian was young, his mother noticed swelling in a sensitive area but did not seek medical attention due to Christian not complaining about it. In June, his mother scheduled him a circumcision, but the doctor deferred the procedure since they needed to first treat his condition. Christian was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia, right hydrocele, and left undescended testis. If left untreated, these conditions would cause Christian to eventually experience pain and discomfort, as well as an increased risk of developing testicular cancer. Fortunately, Christian will undergo hernia repair surgery on August 8th at our medical partner’s care center, Our Lady of Peace Hospital.

A portion of the cost of Christian’s treatment is being supported by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation. Our medical partner is raising the remaining $845 to cover the cost of his surgery and care. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently.

His mother shares, “I’m worried that Christian’s condition might worsen, but we are financially incapable to support his treatment. I am hoping to make him feel better before the school year starts. Thank you so much Watsi and World Surgical Foundation Philippines for this big help!”

Christian is a caring and helpful 13-year-old boy from the Philippines. He takes care of his two younger siblings and helps his mother sell ...

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Christian's Timeline

  • August 4, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 5, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Christian's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 8, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Christian 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.

  • November 5, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Christian's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 15, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Christian's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 15 donors

Funded by 15 donors

Treatment
Hernia Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $845 for Christian's treatment
Hospital Fees
$91
Medical Staff
$274
Medication
$53
Supplies
$293
Labs
$70
Radiology
$11
Other
$53
  • 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 require 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 which can delay needed medical care.

  • 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 a hernia surgery. 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 in and near 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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.