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Success! Miguelangel from Venezuela raised $298 to fund dental surgery.

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Miguelangel's treatment was fully funded on July 8, 2021.

Photo of Miguelangel post-operation

July 14, 2021

Miguelangel underwent dental surgery.

Miguelangel’s dental surgery went well and thanks to this treatment, he’ll now be able to get his cleft palate surgery! This resilient young boy is on his way to a bright future!

His mother says: “Every step we take gets us closer to completing his treatment, I’m really excited about getting his treatment completed, thanks so much to making it possible.”

Miguelangel's dental surgery went well and thanks to this treatment, he'll now be able to get his cleft palate surgery! This resilient young...

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May 28, 2021

Miguelangel is a two-year-old boy from Venezuela and the only child of a young family. Due to the economic and political situation in Venezuela, his family migrated to Colombia when he was one year old. Miguelangel lives with his cousins, mother and aunts. He loves to play hide and seek and to ride his little bike.

When Miguelangel was born, he was diagnosed with cleft lip and palate. In January, he received his first cleft lip surgery. However, in order to get the cleft palate procedure he needs, he first has to have a few of his decaying teeth removed. Fortunately, our medical partner, ClĂ­nica Noel, is helping Miguelangel undergo a procedure to remove the teeth on June 14th. Now, he needs help to fund this $298 procedure.

Miguelangel’s mother shared, “being a foreign mother and knowing that your child doesn’t have insurance coverage even though he needs help has always been stressful. Somehow, Clínica Noel has always found a person or organization to help me pay for his treatment. For sure Miguelangel has an angel protecting him.”

Miguelangel is a two-year-old boy from Venezuela and the only child of a young family. Due to the economic and political situation in Venezu...

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Miguelangel's Timeline

  • May 28, 2021

    Miguelangel was submitted by SofĂ­a Gaviria Miranda, Head of Donations at ClĂ­nica Noel.

  • June 3, 2021

    Miguelangel's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 11, 2021

    Miguelangel received treatment at ClĂ­nica Noel in Colombia. 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.

  • July 8, 2021

    Miguelangel's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 14, 2021

    Miguelangel's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Severe Tooth Decay
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $298 for Miguelangel's treatment
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 diagnosed with severe tooth decay, have one or many cavities on their teeth, this may vary depending on their extent and location. When the decay is advanced symptoms appear such as: severe toothache, pain when eating or drinking, and visible holes and staining on the surface of teeth.

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

Constant pain, difficulties to eat food leading to nutrition problems, tooth abscess swelling or pus around a tooth, chewing problems, among others.

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

Some families are not aware of oral hygiene practices. Also, many patients In Colombia live in rural areas, their families don’t have health insurance coverage nor money to pay for the treatment and have to travel long distances to see a dentist, which leads families to abandon the treatments.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

When patients visit a pediatric dentist, the dentist decides if they can save the tooth using dental composite resin to do some fillings, if not, they will have to evaluate if it’s viable to proceed with a root canal or if they have to remove it.

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

When the problem is solved, the patient stops having pain and recovers the ability to consume food which reduces the risk of having nutrition problems. Also, when the patient has other malformations such as cleft lip or palate this treatment allows them to get surgery to correct that malformation.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This is a low-risk procedure, but as with any surgery, there’s a risk of bleeding or infection.

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

In the country, it’s hard to have access to good health insurance coverage, is rare that patients are driven to a specialized institution, and even when they are, families often don’t have enough money to pay for the treatment.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There's no alternative

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