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Success! Rosalie from the Philippines raised $1,495 to fund facial reconstruction surgery.

Rosalie
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  • $1,495 raised, $0 to go
$1,495
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$0
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Fully funded
Rosalie's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Rosalie post-operation

August 24, 2017

Rosalie underwent facial reconstruction surgery.

Rosalie underwent a successful operation. Her mandibular mass was removed, and the biopsy results show no symptoms of cancer. Rosalie can already eat soft foods without discomfort and feels very at peace with her progress. She reports feeling light and happy, and she is looking forward to being fully recovered so that she can work for her family.

“Long time ago I just dreamed for a complete healing of my condition and someone will support our needs. And this is it, I am already healed. Thank you so much for making this possible,” says Rosalie.

Rosalie underwent a successful operation. Her mandibular mass was removed, and the biopsy results show no symptoms of cancer. Rosalie can al...

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April 12, 2017

Rosalie is a 48-year-old mother from the Philippines. She lives with her husband and children. Her husband works as a construction worker to support their family.

When Rosalie was 14 years old, she developed a cyst in her chin. Her parents brought her to a doctor to have it removed. Unfortunately, when she was 38, it reappeared. Her cyst was diagnosed as an ameloblastoma, a benign tumor of the jaw.

Her condition causes her severe headaches, and it is difficult for her to eat, as the mass does not allow her to open her mouth very well. Through a health trainer, Rosalie learned about our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM).

On April 19, Rosalie will undergo surgery at Southern Philippines Medical Center, ICM’s care center, to remove her tumor and reconstruct her chin. ICM is asking for $1,495 to cover the cost of her operation.

“I am very much privileged to be a part of Watsi and be given a chance at treatment,” says Rosalie. “I am overwhelmed with your generosity and your prayers.”

Rosalie is a 48-year-old mother from the Philippines. She lives with her husband and children. Her husband works as a construction worker to...

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Rosalie's Timeline

  • April 12, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Rosalie was submitted by Krishiel Ferenal, National Health Officer at International Care Ministries, our medical partner in Philippines.

  • April 19, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Rosalie received treatment at Southern Philippines Medical Center. 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 10, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Rosalie's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 24, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Rosalie's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Rosalie's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Resection of Mandibular mass
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,495 for Rosalie's treatment
Hospital Fees
$0
Medical Staff
$889
Medication
$89
Supplies
$0
Travel
$317
Other
$200
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

An ameloblastoma is an abnormal growth in the jaw. Symptoms of ameloblastoma include mouth ulcers, gum disease, loosening of teeth, facial swelling, facial deformity, jaw numbness, pain around the teeth or jaw, and headache.

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

Patients with this condition have difficulty eating, especially when the mass is large. They may also have difficulty sleeping due to the pain. The mass is a noticeable facial deformity that causes lowered self-esteem and decreased confidence. Patients may avoid social situations.

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?

This surgery takes 12-16 hours to complete. It is performed under general anesthesia. The mass is removed from the mandibular area. If there are no complications, the patient will be discharged five days after surgery.

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

After the mass is removed, the patient will be free of pain. Eating and sleeping will no longer be uncomfortable, and the patient will experience renewed self-confidence.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

After the treatment, the patient will experience difficulty eating. Pain will be present, but can be managed by pain relievers. The patient's speech may also be affected for a few days, but it will eventually return to normal.

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

Patients travel four to five hours by bus or motorbike to reach the hospital. They are members of one of our medical partner's sponsored communities.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are no alternatives. The mass must be removed through surgery.

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