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Success! Angelica from the Philippines raised $1,163 to fund surgery to heal her pain and discomfort.

  • $1,163 raised, $0 to go
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Angelica's treatment was fully funded on June 29, 2022.
March 4, 2022

Angelica is a hard-working young mom with a three-year-old son. She and her partner work in construction, earning just enough to support their daily needs.

Angelica was diagnosed with external hemorrhoids. Because of her financial situation, even though she experiences pain, she is not able to get the medical care she needs to heal. Fortunately, Angelica is scheduled to undergo surgery to treat her condition on March 5th. Our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines, is requesting $1,163 to cover the total cost of Angelica’s procedure and care.

After her recovery, Angelica will no longer experience severe pain and other complications in the future.

“I want to be able to take care of my child without worrying about my condition,” Angelica explained. “I am fortunate to have been referred for surgery with World Surgical Foundation Philippines and Watsi; without them, I’m not sure where we would be able to get help for my treatment.”

Angelica is a hard-working young mom with a three-year-old son. She and her partner work in construction, earning just enough to support the...

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Angelica's Timeline

  • March 4, 2022

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

  • March 5, 2022

    Angelica was scheduled to receive 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.

  • March 10, 2022

    Angelica's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 29, 2022

    Angelica's treatment was fully funded.


    Awaiting Angelica's treatment update from World Surgical Foundation Philippines.

Funded by 29 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,163 for Angelica'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?

The most common symptoms of both internal and external hemorrhoids include: bleeding during bowel movements, itching, rectal pain, it may be painful to clean the area.

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

Despite its prevalence and low morbidity, hemorrhoid disease has a high impact on quality of life and can be managed with surgical and nonsurgical treatments depending on severity.

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

Hemorrhoids have emotional effects on patients in distress. They can experience embarrassment, isolation, and shame for the effects of the condition that they experience. As flare-ups tend to occur without warning, people with severe hemorrhoids tend to not be able to socialize and participate in social activities. Misconceptions of the condition—specifically its causes, one of them being that it is solely related to sexual activity—can negatively affect health-seeking behaviors. These misconceptions can encourage shame in those who direly need treatment.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The swollen veins in or around the rectum area will be surgically removed and closed.

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

This procedure is considered a low-risk surgery. Normal activities can be resumed within one to two weeks after the procedure. The patient can experience bruising, irritation, minor bleeding, discharge, and soreness during this time.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

The patient may experience fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, increasing pain, redness, swelling, severe discharge or bleeding, difficulty passing urine, constipation lasting more than three days, even after taking laxatives.

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

Patients often need to travel to a care facility that is equipped to safely handle this procedure for patients, typically in the capital region. Patients from rural areas or outlying urban areas may need to travel long distances to access care.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Prior to surgery, patients will first try treatment with over-the-counter medication or use pads containing witch hazel or a numbing agent.

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