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Success! Samrylle Ian from the Philippines raised $965 for life-changing anorectal surgery.

Samrylle Ian
  • $965 raised, $0 to go
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Samrylle Ian's treatment was fully funded on December 1, 2015.

Photo of Samrylle Ian post-operation

January 8, 2016

Samrylle Ian received life-changing anorectal surgery.

“Samryll has undergone pull through surgery for treatment of Hirschprung’s disease. The treatment will improve the life of Samryll,” reports his doctor at International Care Ministries. “He has now the confidence to play with other children.”

“We are so thankful for the help that you have extended to our son. You have given him a chance to live a normal life and be like any other kid,” shares Samryll’s mother. “His surgery is a step closer for him to become normal, and in due time, as he will have the final surgery, he can be like any other kids, pursue his dreams and enjoy life.”

"Samryll has undergone pull through surgery for treatment of Hirschprung's disease. The treatment will improve the life of Samryll," reports...

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November 15, 2015

Meet four-year-old Samryll Ian from the Philippines. He dreams of one day becoming an engineer.

Samryll Ian’s mother is a saleswoman and his father is a fisherman. “Samryll is a shy boy but loves to play with his siblings,” shares our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM).

Samryll Ian has an anorectal malformation, a defect in the opening at the end of the large intestine through which stool passes. ICM shares, “He tends to be alone and not mingle with other children. Although he does not fully understand his condition, he is still positive that he could be well someday.”

Because his mother and father’s job does not provide the family with a fixed income, the family cannot afford to fund treatment for his condition. For $965, Samryll Ian can receive treatment that will allow him to pass stool normally again.

After treatment, “Samryll will have the confidence to play with the other children and pursue his dream to become an engineer,” explains ICM. His mother adds, “We want to see him grow normally like any other kids in his school, so that he can fulfill his dreams in the future and help our family go out of poverty.”

Meet four-year-old Samryll Ian from the Philippines. He dreams of one day becoming an engineer. Samryll Ian's mother is a saleswoman and ...

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Samrylle Ian's Timeline

  • November 15, 2015

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

  • November 19, 2015

    Samrylle Ian received treatment at Southern Philippines Medical Center 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.

  • December 1, 2015

    Samrylle Ian's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 1, 2015

    Samrylle Ian's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 8, 2016

    Samrylle Ian's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 31 donors

Anal Malformation
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Patients experience bowel dysfunction due to a number of anal malformation conditions.

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

Without treatment soon after birth, this condition will be fatal. Most children will undergo an emergency colostomy, during which part of the large intestine is attached to an opening created in the abdominal wall. If the child does not undergo reconstructive surgery for the anal canal, he or she will live indefinitely with the colostomy. He or she will wear a bag attached to the abdominal wall. This causes social difficulty and limits participation in activities, such as sports and swimming. Furthermore, it requires daily care to prevent infection and herniation.

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

This treatment 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?

Prior to the surgery, the patient will undergo tests to determine the nature of the abnormality. The patient will undergo two surgeries. The first surgery is a perineal anoplasty, in which an anal opening is created and any other defects are repaired. After a few months, surgeons will perform the second surgery to close the colostomy.

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

This surgery is life-changing. The patient will no longer live with the discomfort and limitations caused by the colostomy.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This treatment is relatively complex, but usually the outcomes are good. Down's Syndrome, congenital heart disease, and urinary abnormalities can lead to complications, so children are screened for these conditions before surgery.

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

Patients may travel several hours by bus to reach pediatric surgeons in major hospitals. These patients are members of our medical partner's sponsored communities.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

The only alternative to undergoing corrective surgery is continuing to live with a colostomy.

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