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

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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

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

  • April 19, 2017

    Rosalie received treatment at Southern Philippines 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.

  • May 10, 2017

    Rosalie's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 24, 2017

    Rosalie's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017

    Rosalie's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Resection of Mandibular mass
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,495 for Rosalie's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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Naw En is a 31-year-old woman who lives with her husband, two sons and parents in a village in Karen State near the border of Burma and Thailand. Her husband and parents are subsistence farmers. Naw En is a village health worker, and her two sons are primary school students in the village. Although she earns around 100,000 kyat (approx. 100 USD) per month to support her family, she does whatever she can to only charge the villagers she treats for medications provided. Those who cannot afford to pay for the cost of medications are provided medication free of charge. Her family also raises chickens and pigs for their family to eat. The income Naw En earns is just enough to cover their daily expenses, but they have to borrow money to pay for anything else, like basic health care. Naw En learned she was pregnant last August 2021. She went to register her pregnancy at nearby Hlaingbwe Hospital, but the doctor told her to go to Hpa-An General Hospital when she told them that she had high blood pressure and previously needed a c-section delivery. When she went to Hpa-An General Hospital, a nurse told her to go to Taw Win Thu Ka Hospital because they were understaffed due to the coup and humanitarian crisis in their area. Finally, she then registered her pregnancy at Taw Win Thu Ka Hospital last November and received an ultrasound, blood test and urine test. The doctor gave her monthly follow-up appointments to check her high blood pressure and to check that her baby is in the right position. In January, Naw En learned that she will have a girl. “I was very happy to hear this as I already have two sons,” she said. Her doctor has now told her that she will need another c-section to ensure a safe delivery and unable to come up with the money needed, Naw En called her friend who works in Mae Sot to ask for help. Her friend told her about our medical partner Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) and that she may be able to find assistance in accessing her treatment. Currently, Naw En is taking medication for high blood pressure and feels tired when she walks. She can feel her baby kicking. When her blood pressure is high, she feels dizzy. She feels stressed each time she has to travel to the hospital, as it is located four hours from her home and cost 60,000 kyat (approx. 60 USD) just for the round-trip transportation. She is also worried about the cost of her c-section and that they would have to borrow money if they cannot find donors. In the future, she will continue to work as a village health worker. In her free times, she loves to spend time with her two sons and play with them. Naw En said, “I was happy when BCMF staff told me that donors will help pay for my c-section. Thank you so much to the donors for reliving me of my worries.” She also added, “I am very happy and excited to have a baby girl!”

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