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Success! Mark Andrei from the Philippines raised $1,279 to fund surgery for his birth condition.

Mark Andrei
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Mark Andrei's treatment was fully funded on December 21, 2021.

Photo of Mark Andrei post-operation

December 31, 2021

Mark Andrei underwent surgery for his birth condition.

Mark Andrei had a successful surgery! His family is relieved that he’ll no longer need pouches attached to his side and can now fully experience life as a healthy child without any difficulty.

“We’re very glad for him to be rid of his colostomy pouch. We want to see him have more confidence as a growing child,” Mark Andrei’s mother shared.

Mark Andrei had a successful surgery! His family is relieved that he'll no longer need pouches attached to his side and can now fully experi...

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October 28, 2021

Mark Andrei is a five-year-old boy from the Philippines. Mark Andrei loves to draw and dreams of becoming a policeman someday. His father is a farmer—earning lower than the minimum wage that is approved by the Department of Labor in the Philippines; while his mother is a stay-at-home mom.

Mark Andrei was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. He needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction.

Mark Andrei is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct his condition on November 10th. Our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines, is requesting $1,279 to cover the total cost of Mark Andrei’s procedure and care.

After his recovery, Mark Andrei will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future.

“We are thankful that there are organizations like WSFP and WATSI who are providing surgeries like this. This surgery will help increase Mark Andrei’s confidence to interact with his classmates without being afraid of getting bullied,” shared Donnalyn, Mark Andrei’s mother.

Mark Andrei is a five-year-old boy from the Philippines. Mark Andrei loves to draw and dreams of becoming a policeman someday. His father is...

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Mark Andrei's Timeline

  • October 28, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Mark Andrei was submitted by Kolyn Gervacio, Marketing and Communications Officer at World Surgical Foundation Philippines.

  • November 1, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mark Andrei's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 10, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mark Andrei 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 21, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mark Andrei's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 31, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mark Andrei's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 32 donors

Treatment
Anorectal Malformation
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,279 for Mark Andrei's treatment
Hospital Fees
$277
Medical Staff
$330
Medication
$180
Supplies
$166
Labs
$201
Radiology
$11
Other
$114
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Children born with anorectal malformations have dysfunctional bowels due to closure or partial closure of the anus.

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

Children with anorectal malformations are at risk for growth and motor development impairments and other severe complications. The child may also feel isolated or stigmatized given the dysfunctional bowel movement.

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

Teenage and late presentation for treatment of anorectal malformations is not uncommon in the developing world. Some of the reasons for late presentation include but are not limited to illiteracy, poverty, lack of awareness, and limited trained pediatric surgeons. In rural areas, babies with this condition can be considered cursed and are marginalized.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The anus will be surgically created within the sphincter muscle of the patient.

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

The procedure gives the child a new chance at life without the shame of dysfunctional bowel movement, the need for a different diet, and dependence on his/her parents for irrigation and ostomy pouch. A better quality of life awaits every child who undergoes the procedure.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Some of the potential side effects or complications include infection of the surgical site, narrowing of the anal canal, inability to control bowel movements, and rectum collapse.

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

World Surgical Foundation Philippines programs are known throughout the country so patients often travel from other islands and provinces where care isn't available to access treatment in the capital city.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Patients with minimal bowel passage and without access to surgery opt for dilatation or irrigation to help pass stool easily.

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28%funded
$71raised
$181to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Beatrice

Beatrice is a 51-year-old farmer and the mother of six children. Beatrice has a great passion to educate her children as she shared that she does not wish for them to suffer as she did due to a lack of education. She is soft-spoken, calm, and humble. Beatrice and her husband practice farming for their daily food and sell off the surplus to cover basics for their family. Three years ago, Beatrice began to experience troubling symptoms, including anterior neck swelling. At first, this was painless, but with time, she started experiencing shortness of breath, difficulty swallowing, and persistent headaches. Beatrice can barely turn her neck and has difficulty sleeping. This has limited her work performance as she no longer attends to her farm like she used to and she gets fatigued easily whenever she tries to work. Doctors have diagnosed her with a nodular goiter and she needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Beatrice receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on June 14th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $252, and she and her family need help raising money. Beatrice says, “I would really love to see my children have a successful future. I have always worked so hard but this condition has affected my health. When given your support, I will undergo my surgery, get well and continue with farming to sustain my family.”

28% funded

28%funded
$71raised
$181to go