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Success! Samantha from the Philippines raised $1,088 to fund cleft lip surgery.

Samantha
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  • $1,088 raised, $0 to go
$1,088
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Samantha's treatment was fully funded on April 29, 2017.

Photo of Samantha post-operation

March 14, 2017

Samantha received cleft lip surgery.

Samantha had a successful palatoplasty without any complications. Now, she is starting to eat on her own with minimal supervision. Though her speech is not yet fully corrected, she is starting to talk more often than before and is very happy. She is now back in school, and she is more responsive to her classmates and teacher.

Her mother says, “I cannot fully express through words how thankful I am for all the help you have given us. We are really blessed to be a part of this program and be helped by generous people.”

Samantha had a successful palatoplasty without any complications. Now, she is starting to eat on her own with minimal supervision. Though he...

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January 23, 2017

Samantha is a sweet five-year-old girl from the Philippines. She is the youngest of five siblings, all of whom now attend school. Samantha is in the care of her mother and currently attends a day care center in their town.

Since she was born, Samantha has had a cleft palate, a facial malformation that causes openings or splits in the roof of the mouth and lip. Her condition makes everyday living difficult, and Samantha has difficulty breathing and swallowing food. Her mother has stopped working in order to care for her daughter.

Samantha is a playful child, but her condition makes her feel shy. Her family has tried to save money for treatment, but doing so has been difficult.

Fortunately, our medical partner’s community outreach team found and screened Samantha. She is now scheduled for a repair surgery on January 25. This procedure will allow Samantha to breathe and eat easily and will increase her confidence.

Samantha’s father works as a bus conductor. However, his income is barely enough to sustain them. For this reason, our medical partner, International Care Ministries, is requesting $1,088 to fund the treatment.

“I am happy that at last Samantha could get treated,” says Samantha’s mother. “We are really close to her healing right now…Samantha is a sweet girl and has big dreams, but she cannot reach them if she does not have confidence. This operation will give Samantha hope for a good future. As a mother, my greatest desire is to see my children well and succeed someday. Thank you for this chance that you’ve given. May you be blessed.”

Samantha is a sweet five-year-old girl from the Philippines. She is the youngest of five siblings, all of whom now attend school. Samantha i...

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Samantha's Timeline

  • January 23, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 24, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Samantha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 25, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Samantha received treatment at Silliman University 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.

  • March 14, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Samantha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 29, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Samantha's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 25 donors

Funded by 25 donors

Treatment
Cleft Lip (with Phil health)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,088 for Samantha's treatment
Hospital Fees
$356
Medical Staff
$443
Medication
$33
Supplies
$0
Travel
$17
Radiology
$10
Other
$229
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

A cleft lip is a common birth defect that causes a split in the upper lip, which divides the lip into two parts separated by a gap. A cleft palate is a birth defect that causes a split in the palate. Some patients have splits in their lips, palates, and gums. These patients have difficulty eating and speaking clearly. Their appearances are affected, which may cause social difficulty. Finally, those with a cleft palate may also have difficulty swallowing and experience chronic ear infections.

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

Children with cleft lips experience a variety of psychosocial issues, such as anxiety, low self-esteem, and social isolation. They may also experience difficulty eating, speech impediments, ear infections, and hearing loss.

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

This treatment is necessary and 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?

A child is admitted prior to the surgery to be assessed by the surgeon and the anesthetist. The surgery is done under general anesthesia. The surgeon will make incisions to both sides of the cleft and create extra flaps of tissue to bridge the gap. These flaps are then brought together and sutured. If the patient has a split in more than one area, he or she will undergo multiple surgeries. The lip is repaired first, and the palate will be treated after six months. If the gum is split, the patient will undergo another surgery after several years.

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

The patient will have only a thin scar on the upper lip, improving his or her appearance. The child's speaking ability and quality of life will improve tremendously.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Cleft lip repair is a relatively simple surgery that usually results in normal lip appearance, structure, and function. The main potential complication is infection. Patients may also develop abnormal scar tissue called keloids or hypertrophic scars.

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

Many regional hospitals provide this surgery. However, there are often significant out-of-pocket expenses that make the surgery inaccessible. Furthermore, families may not know how to navigate the health system. They need a case manager to guide them through each stage of treatment, which our medical partner provides.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Surgery is the only means of correcting the defect in the upper lip. This surgery will be supplemented by speech and nutrition therapy.

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