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Success! Florante from the Philippines raised $1,323 to fund a mass removal.

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Florante's treatment was fully funded on March 19, 2022.

Photo of Florante post-operation

April 4, 2022

Florante underwent a successful mass removal surgery.

Florante’s surgery was a success! He underwent mass removal surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Now that the mass has been removed, Florante’s quality of life and confidence will improve, and he will be able to provide for his family. He has new hope for the road ahead.

Florante shared, “I am so thankful for this surgery, it will change my life. I can’t wait to be employed and be able to provide my daughter with a better life. I am now feeling confident without the mass on my neck.”

Florante's surgery was a success! He underwent mass removal surgery at our medical partner's care center. Now that the mass has been removed...

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December 6, 2021

Florante is a 44-year-old father from the Phillippines. He has one daughter, and he volunteers as a driver in his local administrative district.

In 2016, Florante developed a mass in his neck. He was diagnosed with a cyst in his preauricular sinuses and surgery was recommended to treat his condition.

Fortunately, our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines, is helping Florante receive treatment. On December 9th, he will undergo a parotidectomy, where surgeons will remove his parotid gland, the largest of the salivary glands. Now, he needs help raising $1,323 to fund his procedure and care. After he has recovered, Florante will be able to lead a higher quality and pain-free life.

Florante shared, “this will be the best Christmas gift of my life. I am very grateful to WSFP and Watsi.”

Florante is a 44-year-old father from the Phillippines. He has one daughter, and he volunteers as a driver in his local administrative distr...

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Florante's Timeline

  • December 6, 2021

    Florante was submitted by Kolyn Gervacio, Marketing and Communications Officer at World Surgical Foundation Philippines.

  • December 9, 2021

    Florante 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.

  • December 13, 2021

    Florante's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 19, 2022

    Florante's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 4, 2022

    Florante's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 28 donors

Funded by 28 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,323 for Florante'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?

Parotid tumors often cause swelling in the face or jaw that usually isn't painful. Other symptoms include numbness, burning or prickling sensations in the face, or a loss of facial movement.

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

Parotid tumors decrease the patient's well-being and quality of life.

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

Especially when left untreated, people with parotid tumor can tend to be socially excluded from their communities, due to the stigma against people with physical deformities. These may be in the form of lack of employment opportunities, loss of connection with peers, even family, discrimination based on false beliefs on physical deformities (e.g. generational curses because of slights against higher beings).

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Parotid tumor treatment usually involves surgery to remove the tumor. If the tumor contains cancerous cells, the doctor may recommend additional treatments, such as radiation therapy and chemotherapy.

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

Removing part of the parotid gland. For most parotid tumors, surgeons may cut away the tumor and some of the healthy parotid gland tissue around it (superficial parotidectomy). Removing all of the parotid glands. Surgery to remove all of the parotid gland (total parotidectomy) might be recommended for larger tumors and those that affect the deeper parts of the parotid gland. More extensive surgery for larger cancers. If parotid cancer has grown into nearby bone and muscles, a more extensive operation may be necessary. Surgeons try to remove all of the cancer and a small amount of the healthy tissue that surrounds it. Then they work to repair the area so you can continue to chew, swallow, speak, breathe and move your face. This may involve transferring skin, tissue, bone or nerves from other parts of your body to make repairs.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Permanent damage is possible but usually occurs in only the most difficult cases. Depending on the branch of the nerve that is damaged you may experience weakness of the lower lip, leading to a slightly crooked smile, weakness of the eyelids, making it difficult to keep the eye closed.

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 within the capital region of the country. In other cases, patients need to travel long distances to access care.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Patients experiencing parotid tumors may look for pain medication or treatment that will stabilize the growth.

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Dollores is a hardworking 59-year-old woman from Philippines. She was an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, and then worked as a call center agent. Unfortunately, in October 2022, she was dismissed from her job due to being medically unfit. Now, she lives with her daughter and family, and the sole breadwinner is her son-in-law, who works in finance. In June 2022, Dollores noticed a mass on her right breast. At her initial examination, she was told that the mass was benign, but in a follow-up biopsy, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Without treatment, the cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, or a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been recommended to remove the cancer and prevent it from metastasizing. Fortunately, our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines (WSFP), is helping Dollores receive treatment. On January 7th, she will undergo a mastectomy at WSFP's care center. After treatment, Dollores will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. A portion of the cost of her treatment is being supported by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation. Dollores needs help raising $1,058 to cover the remaining cost of her procedure and care. Dollores shared tearfully, "your help brings relief to my heart and mind. This will ease my worries, especially about the medical bill. I believe that there's a reason why you're saving me, and that's for me to continue with my life. Thank you, WATSI and World Surgical Foundation Philippines! I hope to give back the help that you've given me."

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