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Success! Roldan from the Philippines raised $1,246 to fund cleft lip surgery.

Roldan
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$1,246
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$0
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Fully funded
Roldan's treatment was fully funded on November 28, 2016.

Photo of Roldan post-operation

January 19, 2017

Roldan underwent successful cleft lip surgery.

Roldan had a very successful surgery, and he is very happy. He can eat comfortably, and his confidence has improved. He plans to enroll in school next year.

“I am very happy now,” says Roldan. “How I looked before is very different from how I look today…I am looking forward to being an example to the community that change is still possible as long as you believe it. Thank you for all the sponsors who really helped us financially and made the operation free for people like us. Bless your heart, and may you also help other people with conditions like us.”

Roldan had a very successful surgery, and he is very happy. He can eat comfortably, and his confidence has improved. He plans to enroll in s...

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October 16, 2016

Roldan lives with his parents and brothers in the Philippines. Though he was unable to attend school, he is a very industrious worker. He earns money by farming.

Roldan received a cleft lip surgery on October 17, 2016. Before the operation, Roldan expressed hope that it would change his life. With new self-confidence, he plans to go to school or look for a good job. He dreams of starting a family of his own.

However, Roldan does not have enough to pay for the $1,246 surgery. He needs help to cover the cost of this life-changing treatment.

“This will be a great opportunity for me to change my life,” says Roldan. “Thank you for giving me another chance.”

Roldan lives with his parents and brothers in the Philippines. Though he was unable to attend school, he is a very industrious worker. He ea...

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Roldan's Timeline

  • October 16, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 17, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Roldan 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.

  • October 26, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Roldan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 28, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Roldan's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 19, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Roldan's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 20 donors

Funded by 20 donors

Treatment
Cleft Lip - Surgery Camp
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,246 for Roldan's treatment
Hospital Fees
$156
Medical Staff
$364
Medication
$209
Supplies
$12
Travel
$48
Radiology
$232
Other
$225
  • 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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