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Success! Julbert from the Philippines raised $826 to fund gallbladder removal surgery.

Julbert
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  • $826 raised, $0 to go
$826
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Julbert's treatment was fully funded on November 29, 2022.

Photo of Julbert post-operation

December 13, 2022

Julbert underwent gallbladder removal surgery.

Julbert’s surgery was successful! He’s so happy to be pain-free and recovering well. He no longer needs to endure pain and can now focus on providing for his family. Once fully recovered, he’s eager to drive his tricycle again.

“Thank you so much, Watsi and World Surgical Foundation Philippines! We are eternally grateful for your kindness. May you be blessed more,” Julbert shared.

Julbert’s surgery was successful! He’s so happy to be pain-free and recovering well. He no longer needs to endure pain and can now focus on ...

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June 28, 2022

Julbert is a hardworking 41-year-old tricycle driver from the Philippines. He is the sole provider for his family. With the recent rise of fuel prices, Julbert’s income is being severely affected, making it more difficult to provide for his family.

In November 2021, he began experiencing right abdominal pain, which compelled him to get himself checked. Later on, he was diagnosed with a gallbladder stone, which needs to be extracted surgically.

After reaching out to our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines (WSFP), Julbert is now scheduled to undergo surgery on June 30th to treat his condition. After his recovery, Julbert will no longer be in pain or at risk of developing severe health complications in the future, allowing him to continue providing for his family. A portion of the cost of his care is being supported by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation and WSFP raising the remaining $826 to cover the cost of Julbert’s procedure and care.

“Times have been extra challenging, but thanks to the kind hearts and generous pockets of people from all over the world, I know I’ll be able to continue to provide for my family,” he shared. “Thank you World Surgical Foundation Philippines and Watsi. Your help means a lot to us who have no capacity to afford treatments like this.”

Julbert is a hardworking 41-year-old tricycle driver from the Philippines. He is the sole provider for his family. With the recent rise of f...

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Julbert's Timeline

  • June 28, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Julbert was submitted by Kristelle Pascual, Executive Director, WSFP at World Surgical Foundation Philippines.

  • June 28, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Julbert's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 30, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Julbert 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.

  • November 29, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Julbert's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 13, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Julbert's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Treatment
Cholecystectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $826 for Julbert's treatment
Hospital Fees
$91
Medical Staff
$214
Medication
$91
Supplies
$284
Labs
$66
Radiology
$11
Other
$69
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Symptoms of cholecystitis may include severe pain in the upper right abdomen or center of your abdomen, pain that spreads to your right shoulder or back, and tenderness above your abdomen.

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

The inability to predict when an attack of pain would occur will lead to the patients’ feelings of uncertainty and worry. Decreases in function levels at home and at work are common. Some patients have significant weight loss due to the fear of excruciating pain arising after eating.

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

With surgical care becoming increasingly expensive, individuals with cholecystitis tend to put off surgery to focus on the daily needs of their family, which increases the risk for gallbladder rupture and other complications.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The gallbladder will be surgically removed.

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

Patients spend two or three days in the hospital recovering. Once at home, it may take four to six weeks to fully recover. After recovery, patients can resume their normal day-to-day activities and without the pain they previously had.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Complications that may arise include pain, fever higher than 38.3 degrees Celsius, vomiting that won't subside, foul-smelling or bloody drainage from the incision, or significant redness and swelling of the incision.

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 only within limited regions in the country, including the capital city. World Surgical Foundation Philippines programs are known throughout the country so patients come from within Manila and other regions.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Patients may resort to natural remedies, such as gallbladder cleanses consisting of a blend of fruit juice, herbs, and oil. Others may also use apple cider vinegar instead of proper treatment to help their condition.

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