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Success! Evangeline from the Philippines raised $890 to fund thyroid surgery to alleviate her symptoms and prevent future complications.

Evangeline
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  • $890 raised, $0 to go
$890
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Evangeline's treatment was fully funded on December 27, 2022.

Photo of Evangeline post-operation

January 7, 2023

Evangeline underwent thyroid surgery to alleviate her symptoms and prevent future complications.

Evangeline’s surgery was successful! Her confidence has improved and she is finally more comfortable than before.

Evangeline said, “I’d like to thank WATSI, World Surgical Foundation Philippines, and all those people who helped me get this surgery. May you continue to help people like me who can’t afford to have surgery..”

Evangeline’s surgery was successful! Her confidence has improved and she is finally more comfortable than before. Evangeline said, “I’d ...

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July 14, 2022

Evangeline is a hardworking mother of two from the Philippines. She and her husband work as graphic artists; however, they were highly impacted by the pandemic, resulting in them being switched from full-time workers to part-time ones. This affected their ability to save up for Evangeline’s needed treatment.

In 2016, Evangeline began to experience troubling symptoms, including difficulty swallowing, shortness of breath, and difficulty sleeping. When she was finally able to seek medical care, an ultrasound showed a large mass located on her throat. She was diagnosed with colloid adenomatous goiter, a benign, noncancerous enlargement of thyroid tissue. She now needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from worsening.

Fortunately, our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines (WSFP), is helping Evangeline receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on July 16th at Our Lady of Peace Hospital. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. A portion of the cost of her treatment is being supported by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and WSFP is raising the remaining $890 to cover the cost of Evangeline’s procedure and care.

Evangeline shares, “Our income is just enough to provide for our basic needs. This free operation will be a big help to us. I’ve been praying that my pain will go away, and God answered my prayer through Watsi and World Surgical Foundation. Thank you so much for your help.”

Evangeline is a hardworking mother of two from the Philippines. She and her husband work as graphic artists; however, they were highly impac...

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Evangeline's Timeline

  • July 14, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 15, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Evangeline's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 16, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Evangeline 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 27, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Evangeline's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 7, 2023
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Evangeline's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 21 donors

Funded by 21 donors

Treatment
Thyroidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $890 for Evangeline's treatment
Hospital Fees
$91
Medical Staff
$214
Medication
$28
Supplies
$338
Labs
$97
Radiology
$11
Other
$111
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

People with a goiter often have an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland which can lead to the appearance of a mass or swelling in the neck. The signs and symptoms of goiter can vary and may include tiredness, a decrease or increase in weight, low or increased appetite, depression, dryness of skin and hair, sleepiness, diarrhea or constipation and menstrual irregularities (for women).

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

Living with a goiter limits the patient's physical activities, due to soreness or tiredness, frequent coughing, hoarseness, and difficulty breathing. If untreated, this could lead to the detrimental reduction of overall capacity and even death among susceptible patients.

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

Especially when left untreated, people with a goiter 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?

The surgical team at the care center facility will safely remove the mass in the patient's neck.

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

If there are no complications after the procedure, the patient will be prescribed thyroid hormone replacement medication to avoid hypothyroidism. Patient are expected to make a full recovery and live a healthy and better future.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Potential side effects of the surgery include bleeding, infection, hypoparathyroidism, or permanent hoarse or weak voice due to nerve damage.

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 or who are able to travel to the National Capital Region.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Patients experiencing a goiter often look for medications such as aspirin or corticosteroid infused capsules that will help stabilize the growth or swelling.

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