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Success! Alexia from the Philippines raised $826 to fund gallbladder removal so she can live pain-free.

  • $826 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Alexia's treatment was fully funded on February 1, 2023.

Photo of Alexia post-operation

February 13, 2023

Alexia underwent gallbladder removal so she can live pain-free and chase after her big dreams.

Alexia’s surgery was successful! She’s excited to eat, study, and do her daily chores without worrying about her pain. She shared that she feels much more comfortable now. She’s now back on track to chase her dreams as she works hard to become a nurse.

Alexia shared, “I’m grateful to WATSI and World Surgical Foundation Philippines! You didn’t just ease our worries about the hospital bill, but also about my medical condition. Thank you to all who are part of these organizations.”

Alexia's surgery was successful! She's excited to eat, study, and do her daily chores without worrying about her pain. She shared that she f...

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September 2, 2022

Alexia is a first-year student nurse from the Philippines. Alexia’s mother is a stay-at-home mom, and her father works as a ride operator abroad. Despite working hard, her father’s income is only enough for the family’s basic needs.

In March, Alexia began to experience troubling symptoms, including severe abdominal pain radiating to her back. Alexia was brought to a nearby hospital to be treated. Upon having her ultrasound test, it showed that she was suffering from a gallstone. Alexia has been advised to undergo a cholecystectomy, the surgical removal of the gallbladder. If left untreated, her symptoms will continue to worsen and put him at risk for further health complications in the future.

After seeking treatment through our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines (WSFP), Alexia is scheduled to undergo a cholecystectomy on September 5th. A portion of the cost of the procedure is being supported by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and WSFP is raising the remaining $820 to cover the cost of Alexia’s surgery make her care possible.

Alexia’s mother shared, “We are financially incapable to pay for her medical bills. With this surgery, we don’t have to worry about it anymore. I’d like to thank WATSI and World Surgical Foundation Philippines! We’re so fortunate to be one of your beneficiaries.”

Alexia is a first-year student nurse from the Philippines. Alexia's mother is a stay-at-home mom, and her father works as a ride operator ab...

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Alexia's Timeline

  • September 2, 2022

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

  • September 5, 2022

    Alexia 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.

  • September 6, 2022

    Alexia's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 1, 2023

    Alexia's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 13, 2023

    Alexia's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 20 donors

Funded by 20 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $826 for Alexia'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?

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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