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Success! Angelo from the Philippines raised $1,500 to fund corrective surgery.

Angelo
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$1,500
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$0
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Fully funded
Angelo's treatment was fully funded on December 19, 2016.

Photo of Angelo post-operation

February 21, 2017

Angelo underwent successful corrective surgery.

Angelo’s surgery was a success, and he is recovering well! His family is very thankful that the surgery was a success and that no complications arose. They are also thankful for all the donors who helped Angelo.

Angelo’s mother shares, “Our experience during the treatment of Angelo will never be forgotten through our whole lives. For all your help truly was not in vain. You really are changing my son’s life and future…I am very happy and thankful for all your help and support.”

Angelo's surgery was a success, and he is recovering well! His family is very thankful that the surgery was a success and that no complicati...

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November 21, 2016

Angelo, a 9-year-old boy, is the fifth of eight siblings. He enjoys playing with his younger sister.

Angelo was born with an abnormal condition in a sensitive area. He underwent surgery when he was seven days old, but his family’s financial limitations prevented doctors from completing treatment. For this reason, his activities are limited, and he often experiences indigestion and weight loss. Though Angelo finished preschool, his condition has prevented him from enrolling in first grade because school is too far from home.

Angelo flew from his rural home to the city of Bacolod to receive treatment. On November 24, Angelo underwent corrective surgery. He will be monitored for two weeks and will undergo a followup surgery several months from now.

Angelo’s father works as a tenant on a farm, and his mother is a housewife. They cannot afford this $1,500 procedure, and they need our help.

“I am so thankful for this opportunity that has come to us,” says Angelo’s mother. “I never thought that Angelo would be treated because of our financial situation…This has given us hope for Angelo and for his future. I am looking forward to Angelo being fully well, going to school, and fulfilling whatever dreams he has. I know he will have a better future.”

Angelo, a 9-year-old boy, is the fifth of eight siblings. He enjoys playing with his younger sister. Angelo was born with an abnormal co...

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Angelo's Timeline

  • November 21, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 24, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Angelo received treatment at Bacolod Adventist 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.

  • November 28, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Angelo's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 19, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Angelo's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 21, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Angelo's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 31 donors

Funded by 31 donors

Treatment
Anal Malformation
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $3,119 for Angelo's treatment
Subsidies fund $1,619 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$549
Medical Staff
$1,389
Medication
$112
Supplies
$0
Travel
$433
Labs
$345
Other
$291
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Patients experience bowel dysfunction due to a number of anal malformation conditions.

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

Without treatment soon after birth, this condition will be fatal. Most children will undergo an emergency colostomy, during which part of the large intestine is attached to an opening created in the abdominal wall. If the child does not undergo reconstructive surgery for the anal canal, he or she will live indefinitely with the colostomy. He or she will wear a bag attached to the abdominal wall. This causes social difficulty and limits participation in activities, such as sports and swimming. Furthermore, it requires daily care to prevent infection and herniation.

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

This treatment 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?

Prior to the surgery, the patient will undergo tests to determine the nature of the abnormality. The patient will undergo two surgeries. The first surgery is a perineal anoplasty, in which an anal opening is created and any other defects are repaired. After a few months, surgeons will perform the second surgery to close the colostomy.

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

This surgery is life-changing. The patient will no longer live with the discomfort and limitations caused by the colostomy.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This treatment is relatively complex, but usually the outcomes are good. Down's Syndrome, congenital heart disease, and urinary abnormalities can lead to complications, so children are screened for these conditions before surgery.

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

Patients may travel several hours by bus to reach pediatric surgeons in major hospitals. These patients are members of our medical partner's sponsored communities.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

The only alternative to undergoing corrective surgery is continuing to live with a colostomy.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.