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Kenie from the Philippines raised $1,246 to fund cleft lip surgery.

Kenie
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  • $1,246 raised, $0 to go
$1,246
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Kenie's treatment was fully funded on December 30, 2016.
April 10, 2017

Kenie did not receive treatment as expected.

Unfortunately, Kenie was not able to undergo surgery because he has a lung infection. Our medical partner will re-submit him once the infection has cleared.

Unfortunately, Kenie was not able to undergo surgery because he has a lung infection. Our medical partner will re-submit him once the infect...

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November 2, 2016

Kenie is a three-year-old boy from the Philippines. He is the only child in his family. His mother is a housewife. Kenie’s father used to work as a miner, but he found the job too dangerous. Now, he takes jobs as a laborer.

Kenie is an active and playful child. He loves to run around and smile at people. He was born with cleft lip and palate, which causes him difficulty eating and speaking. He also experiences frequent coughs and colds.

Kenie’s mother worries about her son’s condition. She learned from a pastor about our medical partner, International Case Ministries. On November 3, 2016, Kenie underwent cleft lip surgery. His parents need help to pay for this $1,246 procedure. In a few months, he will undergo cleft palate surgery.

“I am really happy that my son will be qualified for this surgery,” says Isa, Kenie’s mother. “We even left home very early to travel to the hospital and along the way, I am praying and hoping that he is okay and fit for surgery. I am a bit scared that he will undergo surgery, but I know this is for his good. I am looking forward to seeing my son’s sweet smile, and I know that he will be very handsome. I hope that he will finish school and fulfill whatever dreams he has.”

Kenie is a three-year-old boy from the Philippines. He is the only child in his family. His mother is a housewife. Kenie’s father used to wo...

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Kenie's Timeline

  • November 2, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 3, 2016
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Kenie was scheduled to receive 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.

  • November 11, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kenie's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 10, 2017
    FUNDING ENDED

    Kenie is no longer raising funds.

  • April 10, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kenie's treatment did not happen. Read the update.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Treatment
Cleft Lip - Surgery Camp
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,246 for Kenie'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.