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Success! Cali from the Philippines raised $1,279 to fund surgery for to heal her birth condition.

Cali
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$1,279
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Fully funded
Cali's treatment was fully funded on May 14, 2022.

Photo of Cali post-operation

May 20, 2022

Cali underwent surgery to heal her birth condition.

Cali’s surgery was successful! Her family is so happy to see that she’s relieved from pain and discomfort. She can now move freely without a colostomy bag attached to her body.

“We’re really thankful to WSFP and WATSI for helping in Cali’s surgery. We can now focus our expenses on preparing for her better future,” Cali’s mother shared.

Cali’s surgery was successful! Her family is so happy to see that she’s relieved from pain and discomfort. She can now move freely without a...

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March 17, 2022

Cali is a two-year-old girl from the Philippines. She loves to watch TV, and play with her siblings and cousins. Her mother takes care of her and her siblings while her father is a tricycle driver. The family’s income provides for their basic necessities but is not enough to cover Cali’s medical treatment.

Cali was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. She needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction and is scheduled to undergo surgery on March 23rd. Our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines, is requesting $1,279 to cover the total cost of Cali’s procedure and care.

After her recovery, Cali will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future.

“Nowadays, you’ll find bullies everywhere, and we have been worried that growing up, her condition might affect her ability to interact with others. So thank you, WSFP and Watsi, for helping us. We are hopeful that if the [colostomy] closure is done, she’ll be able to live a normal life, without worrying about her appearance and what others might say about her, ” Cali’s mother shared.

Cali is a two-year-old girl from the Philippines. She loves to watch TV, and play with her siblings and cousins. Her mother takes care of he...

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Cali's Timeline

  • March 17, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 17, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Cali 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 18, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Cali's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 14, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Cali's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 20, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Cali's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 28 donors

Funded by 28 donors

Treatment
Anorectal Malformation
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,279 for Cali's treatment
Hospital Fees
$277
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?

Children born with anorectal malformations have dysfunctional bowels due to closure or partial closure of the anus.

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

Children with anorectal malformations are at risk for growth and motor development impairments and other severe complications. The child may also feel isolated or stigmatized given the dysfunctional bowel movement.

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

Teenage and late presentation for treatment of anorectal malformations is not uncommon in the developing world. Some of the reasons for late presentation include but are not limited to illiteracy, poverty, lack of awareness, and limited trained pediatric surgeons. In rural areas, babies with this condition can be considered cursed and are marginalized.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The anus will be surgically created within the sphincter muscle of the patient.

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

The procedure gives the child a new chance at life without the shame of dysfunctional bowel movement, the need for a different diet, and dependence on his/her parents for irrigation and ostomy pouch. A better quality of life awaits every child who undergoes the procedure.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Some of the potential side effects or complications include infection of the surgical site, narrowing of the anal canal, inability to control bowel movements, and rectum collapse.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

World Surgical Foundation Philippines programs are known throughout the country so patients often travel from other islands and provinces where care isn't available to access treatment in the capital city.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Patients with minimal bowel passage and without access to surgery opt for dilatation or irrigation to help pass stool easily.

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