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Alma is a 46-year-old woman from the Philippines who needs $1,452 to fund a surgery to heal a facial mass.

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September 7, 2022

Alma is a 46-year-old woman, living with her sister and daughter in the Philippines. Their basic needs are sustained by her sister’s small business.

In 2020, Alma developed a sore on the inside of her right cheek. The sore kept increasing in size, until her face became highly swollen. Because her family had insufficient financial resources, Alma was unable to seek help for her condition.

Fortunately, Alma was referred to our partner care facility, the Our Lady of Peace Hospital. There, she was assessed, and diagnosed with a Buccal Mass. This condition begins when the cells that make up the inner cheek have abnormal growth, and form lesions or tumors. Alma needs to undergo surgery to remove the mass.

Our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines, is helping Alma to access the care that she needs. She is scheduled to undergo an excision of the mass on September 10th, at Our Lady of Peace Hospital. World Surgical Foundation Philippines is asking for your help to fund this procedure, for which they need $1,452.

Alma shared: “I’ve lost my confidence since the lump is very visible on my face. This surgery is the answer to my prayers. Thank you so much WATSI and World Surgical Foundation Philippines for helping me!”

Alma is a 46-year-old woman, living with her sister and daughter in the Philippines. Their basic needs are sustained by her sister’s small b...

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Alma's Timeline

  • September 7, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 10, 2022
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Alma was scheduled to receive 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.

  • September 11, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Alma's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Alma is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Alma's treatment update from World Surgical Foundation Philippines.

Funded by 29 donors

Funded by 29 donors

Treatment
Excision of Buccal Mass
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,452 for Alma's treatment
Hospital Fees
$91
Medical Staff
$400
Medication
$89
Supplies
$712
Labs
$97
Radiology
$11
Other
$52
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

The common symptoms of Buccal Mass are: white or red lump in the mouth that does not go away after two weeks; a red, raised patch in the mouth that bleeds easily, a lump or thickening in the mouth, pain increases when eating or drinking, soreness or a feeling that something is caught in the throat, difficulty chewing or swallowing, severe ear pain, difficulty moving the jaw or tongue, hoarseness, numbness of the tongue or other areas of the mouth.

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

Patients often experience pain, which can hinder them from carrying out day-to-day tasks or being active in their community. If left untreated, the mass can grow very large, distorting the shape of the face. Patients may feel self-conscious about the visibility of the mass on their face, impacting their self-esteem.

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

The appearance of patients with a visible mass on their faces may cause people to exclude them from society. Within the country, it may be common that people to assume that the patient may have something contagious and they can be isolated socially.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Excision of the Buccal Mass is to surgically remove the mass from the inside of the cheek with a scalpel.

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

If there are no complications after the procedure, it generally takes about seven to ten days for patients to fully recover. They will be able to live their life normally without pain, discomfort, and exclusion from society.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

The patient may have some bleeding, redness, or swelling near the surgery area. They may also have trouble opening their mouth fully for a few days after surgery.

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

Patients may need to travel from across the country to the capital region to access care.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There is no home remedy available for treatment of this condition.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Saw Kyaw

Saw Kyaw is a 25-year-old man living in Thailand. He currently lives with his older sister, younger sister, mother and her niece. He moved from Burma to Thailand for job opportunities three years ago. He was working in a shop and was able to support two younger siblings who are studying in Karen State in Burma. Around the end of July, he was playing football with friends when he slipped trying to kick the ball. His lower right leg was very painful, but he was still able to bear weight lightly on that leg. At the time, Saw Kyaw didn’t have health insurance, so he went to a clinic instead of the hospital. There they examined his leg, gave him some medication for the pain and advised him to go to the hospital for an X-ray if the pain persisted. Saw Kyaw rested for two days and then went back to work. That day at work, Saw Kyaw was carrying a heavy load when he slipped again. This time, the pain was severe, and he was unable to stand on his right leg. He went to a hospital in Bangkok where they X-rayed his lower right leg and told him that the tibia was fractured. The doctor recommended surgery where they would use a metal rod to connect the bones and set them in the correct position to heal. Saw Kyaw was told that the surgery would cost between 40,000 to 50,000 baht (approx. 1,330- 1,660 USD). He told them that he did not have insurance and was unable to afford the surgery, so they gave him pain medication and bandaged up his leg. He returned to the hospital three times and each time the doctor recommended surgery, but Kyaw was unable to figure out how he could get that kind of money. His employer was not helpful and refused to assist with the cost of the surgery. Since Saw Kyaw didn’t have the money, he decided to just rest and see whether the bones would heal on their own. Saw Kyaw recalled that he had fractured his femur when he was young, and he had used a traditional medicated oil to help heal the injury. He hoped that he could use this on his new fracture. But now he cannot walk properly and cannot work since his accident. He is stressed about his condition and his future. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Saw Kyaw will finally undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for December 7th and will cost $1,500. He will able to go back to work after surgery Saw Kyaw said, “I would like to go back to Bangkok and find work again so I can go back to helping my family; my siblings who are studying in Burma, and also my mother who is getting older. I also want to save some money for my future. I will not work at the same place though as they have not been kind or caring since I had the accident.”

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