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Success! Christian from the Philippines raised $1,130 to fund hernia surgery.

Christian
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$1,130
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Fully funded
Christian's treatment was fully funded on October 7, 2022.

Photo of Christian post-operation

October 16, 2022

Christian underwent hernia surgery.

Christian underwent hernia surgery, which fully repaired his condition. He’s recovering well and feels relieved now that he’s been treated. He’s feeling more positive that he’ll have a more stable job now that his medical condition is not a hindrance anymore.

Christian said: “I feel more comfortable now after the surgery. I can now focus on supporting my family, without worrying about our finances for my treatment. Thank you, World Surgical Foundation Philippines and Watsi for helping me.”

Christian underwent hernia surgery, which fully repaired his condition. He’s recovering well and feels relieved now that he’s been treated. ...

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May 1, 2022

Christian, who lives in the Philippines, is a hardworking father with a 7-month-old daughter. He works as an on-call waiter, while his wife is currently a student. With Christian’s limited income, he is worried about supporting all of his family’s needs and financing his medical treatment.

In April, Christian was diagnosed with a hernia which requires surgery. Correcting the hernia will better enable Christian to find a new job and higher pay, and improve his ability to care for his family. With the help of our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines, Christian is scheduled for surgery at Our Lady of Peace Hospital on May 3rd, for which they are requesting $1,130 to fund his procedure and care.

“I always fail my physical exams because of my condition, and I’m burdened by it because, as a father, I need to support my family,” Christian shared. “This surgery will be a big help to our family so thank you so much World Surgical Foundation Philippines and Watsi for helping,” he added.

Christian, who lives in the Philippines, is a hardworking father with a 7-month-old daughter. He works as an on-call waiter, while his wife ...

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Christian's Timeline

  • May 1, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 3, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Christian 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.

  • May 4, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Christian's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 7, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Christian's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 16, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Christian's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 25 donors

Funded by 25 donors

Treatment
Hernia repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,130 for Christian's treatment
Hospital Fees
$225
Medical Staff
$264
Medication
$180
Supplies
$166
Labs
$170
Radiology
$11
Other
$114
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Hernia symptoms and factors that need surgery include long-term hernia pain or discomfort, pain or discomfort that interferes with everyday activities, and pain or discomfort intensifying or worsening over time.

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

The patient may experience a decrease in motor function and well-being due to the pain experienced with the case. Hernia can also be life-threatening to the patient if not treated immediately.

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

More often than not, in a country where home remedies are considered as a proactive measure instead of being assessed in the hospital, many Filipinos choose to treat their conditions at home. Additionally, with the increase of surgical costs in the country, and the distance between hospitals and patients, treatment is often out of reach for patients.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Herniorrhaphy is the procedure that repairs the weakened abdominal wall.

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

It takes three to six weeks for a full recovery after hernia surgeries. Usually, it will take one to two weeks before a person can go back to everyday activities and work or school.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

After six weeks of the procedure, the patient may resume normal activities, especially for patients who are doing manual labor.

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 from within and around the National Capital Region.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Patients without a severe hernia may try home remedies as simple as a cold compress, but severe and long-term hernias require surgical treatment to fully heal.

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Ferdinand

Ferdinand is a father of two from the Philippines. He has one son and one daughter. Both he and his wife both work as public school teachers. Their income is still insufficient for their needs, however and, in addition to supporting their children, part of their salary goes to their medication for diabetes and hypertension. In September, Ferdinand began to experience several troubling symptoms, including severe abdominal pain. He was rushed to an emergency room to be treated. The ultrasound test showed that he has gallstones. Ferdinand has been advised to undergo a cholecystectomy which is the surgical removal of the gallbladder. If left untreated, his symptoms will continue to worsen and will put him at risk of further health complications in the future. After seeking treatment through our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines (WSFP), Ferdinand is scheduled to undergo a cholecystectomy on December 3rd. A portion of the cost of the procedure is being supported by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and WSFP is raising the remaining $826 to cover the cost of Ferdinand's surgery and care. "Because of my condition, I'm in constant pain which hinders me from doing my usual activities. I've tried to reach out for help to our local government but was unsuccessful," Ferdinand shared. "I am glad there are foundations like Watsi and World Surgical Foundation Philippines that exist. I'm forever grateful for the help that you've given me," he added.

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$459raised
$367to go

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