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Success! Shiela from the Philippines raised $1,500 to fund fracture repair.

  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Shiela's treatment was fully funded on April 12, 2017.
February 17, 2017

“I am desperate to get treated because of my children,” shares Shiela, a single mother of three from the Philippines.

Two years ago, Shiela was hit by a tree that fell through her house during a storm. She was rushed to the hospital to undergo emergency surgery. Since then, she has undergone several more operations to address various injuries she sustained in the accident. However, her right leg still has still not healed properly, and she must use a crutch to walk.

Shiela’s walking issues pose a major problem for the family. She has not been able to keep a job, and her family’s sole earnings now come from the herbal medicine that she sells informally. Because of their low income, Shiela and her children are presently living with her older brother.

This can change if Shiela receives the proper surgery. Our medical partner’s physicians have concluded that her fractured tibia can be fully repaired with an open reduction internal fixation procedure. On February 21, doctors will surgically realign the broken parts of Shiela’s leg bone and secure it in place using an internal nail. This will ensure that her leg heals properly.

We can sponsor this procedure, as well as the three-day hospital stay and medications Shiela will need to recover safely, for $1,500.

Shiela is looking forward to walking again without pain or limping.

“This will really help us and change my life and the future of my children,” Shiela says. “Thank you so much in advance.”

"I am desperate to get treated because of my children,” shares Shiela, a single mother of three from the Philippines. Two years ago, Shi...

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Shiela's Timeline

  • February 17, 2017

    Shiela was submitted by Krishiel Ferenal, National Health Officer at International Care Ministries, our medical partner in Philippines.

  • February 21, 2017

    Shiela was scheduled to receive treatment at Tebow CURE Hospital in Davao.

  • February 28, 2017

    Shiela's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 12, 2017

    Shiela's treatment was fully funded.


    Awaiting Shiela's treatment update from International Care Ministries.

Funded by 23 donors

Funded by 23 donors

ORIF IM Nailing
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $2,297 for Shiela's treatment
Subsidies fund $797 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Patients experience pain and limited mobility on the fractured site. If the fracture is located on the lower limbs, the patient may be unable to bear weight.

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

Patients experience pain and cannot walk. They are dependent on crutches and cannot go about their normal activities. This may prevent them from supporting their families.

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

There is no cultural or regional significance to this treatment.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The patient's fractured bone will be fixed by implanting a rod. Surgeons will perform an iliac bone graft to facilitate healing.

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

This treatment will give a patient his or her life back. The patient will be able to walk and return to work.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Risks include bleeding, infection, soft tissue breakdown, and non-union. These are quite rare if precautions are taken to prevent them. The benefits outweigh the risks of treatment.

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

Patients travel around 30 minutes to one hour to reach the hospital. They are seen and assessed by a surgeon in the hospital.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There is no available treatment alternative for this condition.

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