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Success! Catherine from the Philippines raised $1,253 to fund gallstones surgery so she can live pain free.

Catherine
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  • $1,253 raised, $0 to go
$1,253
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$0
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Fully funded
Catherine's treatment was fully funded on August 20, 2022.

Photo of Catherine post-operation

September 6, 2022

Catherine underwent gallstones surgery so she can live pain free.

Catherine’s surgery was successful! After a month of enduring her pain which limited her movement, she’s so excited to look after her children and do all she needs to do at home with ease again.

“My life has truly changed after the surgery. I’m free of pain and can do the things that I used to before,” she shared. “Thank you so much Watsi and WSFP for helping me,” she added.

Catherine’s surgery was successful! After a month of enduring her pain which limited her movement, she’s so excited to look after her childr...

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April 5, 2022

Catherine works hard to care for her two children. She currently lives with her partner who works different part-time jobs to help make ends meet for their family.

A month ago, Catherine began experiencing abdominal pain. She got checked at her local health center and was advised to undergo an ultrasound. The test showed that she is suffering from Cholecystolithiasis, a condition where there are one or more gallstones in her gallbladder.

Their family already finds it hard to sustain their day-to-day needs, so didn’t know where to find the money for her needed surgery. Fortunately, a health center worker knew about our partner care facility, the Our Lady of Peace Hospital, and was able to reach out to World Surgical Foundation Philippines and Watsi for support.

Catherine is now scheduled to undergo surgery to correct her condition on April 7th. Our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines, is requesting $1,253 to cover the total cost of Catherine’s procedure and care.

After her recovery, Catherine will no longer experience severe abdominal pain or be at risk of developing severe health complications in the future.

“My maintenance medicine costs more than our daily meal budget. I’m grateful to WSFP and WATSI for helping us. Aside from the fact that I’ll be free from pain, I can now take good care of my children,” she shared.

Catherine works hard to care for her two children. She currently lives with her partner who works different part-time jobs to help make ends...

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Catherine's Timeline

  • April 5, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 7, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Catherine 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.

  • April 11, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Catherine's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 20, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Catherine's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 6, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Catherine's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 36 donors

Treatment
Cholecystectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,253 for Catherine's treatment
Hospital Fees
$251
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?

Symptoms of cholecystitis may include severe pain in the upper right abdomen or center of your abdomen. pain that spreads to your right shoulder or back and tenderness above your abdomen.

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

The inability to predict when an attack of pain would occur will lead to the patients’ feelings of uncertainty. Decreases in function levels at home and at work are common. Some patients had significant weight loss due to the fear of excruciating pain coming back after eating.

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

With surgical care becoming increasingly expensive, individuals with cholecystitis tend to put off surgery to focus on the daily needs of the family, which increases the risk for gallbladder rupture. The unpredictability of pain attacks also causes social isolation and a tendency to not participate in social activities. These further detriment the health and well-being of the patient.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The gallbladder will be surgically removed.

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

Expect to spend two or three days in the hospital recovering. Once at home, it may take four to six weeks to fully recover.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Complications that may arise include pain, fever higher than 38.3 degrees Celsius, vomiting that won't subside, foul-smelling or bloody drainage from the incision, significant redness and swelling of the incision, not passing a bowel movement for two to three days after surgery.

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 only within limited regions in the country, like in the capital city. World Surgical Foundation Philippines programs are known throughout the country so patients come from within Manila and from other regions.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Patients may resort to natural remedies, such as gallbladder cleanses consisting of a blend of fruit juice, herbs, and oil. Others may also use apple cider vinegar instead of proper treatment to help their condition.

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