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Success! Erlinda from the Philippines raised $890 to fund life-changing thyroid surgery to prevent the spread of cancer.

  • $890 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Erlinda's treatment was fully funded on November 29, 2022.

Photo of Erlinda post-operation

December 14, 2022

Erlinda received life-changing thyroid surgery to prevent the spread of cancer.

Erlinda’s surgery was successful! She’s so happy now that she’s no longer burdened with pain. She’s hopeful she’ll have a quick recovery and won’t need to worry about complications from the surgery. Once fully recovered, she’s eager to continue supporting her family.

“Thank you to Watsi and World Surgical Foundation Philippines for giving me the chance to live a normal life,” Erlinda said. “I hope you can help more people like me who struggle to pay for surgery,” she added.

Erlinda’s surgery was successful! She's so happy now that she's no longer burdened with pain. She's hopeful she'll have a quick recovery and...

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July 14, 2022

Erlinda is a hardworking 54-year-old woman from the Philippines. She earns money to support her family by washing and ironing clothes.

In 2019, Erlinda began to experience troubling symptoms, including difficulty breathing and swallowing. Eventually, she noticed a growing mass on her neck. Because of this, she decided to seek medical treatment, but the doctor notified her that due to the progression of her mass, medication would not be enough to treat her condition.

Erlinda was diagnosed with Thyroid Carcinoma, a type of cancer that begins in the thyroid gland. It occurs when healthy cells in the thyroid change and grow out of control, forming a tumor. She now needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse.

Fortunately, our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines, is helping Erlinda receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on July 16th at Our Lady of Peace Hospital. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $890, and she needs help raising money for this life-changing care.

Erlinda tearfully shared, “Where else would I find money to pay for my surgery? We can’t afford it. I’m really thankful that Watsi, World Surgical Foundation Philippines, and Our Lady of Peace Hospital are going to help me.”

Erlinda is a hardworking 54-year-old woman from the Philippines. She earns money to support her family by washing and ironing clothes. I...

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Erlinda's Timeline

  • July 14, 2022

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

  • July 14, 2022

    Erlinda's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 16, 2022

    Erlinda 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.

  • November 29, 2022

    Erlinda's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 14, 2022

    Erlinda's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $890 for Erlinda'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?

People with a goiter often have an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland which can lead to the appearance of a mass or swelling in the neck. The signs and symptoms of goiter can vary and may include tiredness, a decrease or increase in weight, low or increased appetite, depression, dryness of skin and hair, sleepiness, diarrhea or constipation and menstrual irregularities (for women).

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

Living with a goiter limits the patient's physical activities, due to soreness or tiredness, frequent coughing, hoarseness, and difficulty breathing. If untreated, this could lead to the detrimental reduction of overall capacity and even death among susceptible patients.

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

Especially when left untreated, people with a goiter can tend to be socially excluded from their communities, due to the stigma against people with physical deformities. These may be in the form of lack of employment opportunities, loss of connection with peers, even family, discrimination based on false beliefs on physical deformities (e.g. generational curses because of slights against higher beings).

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The surgical team at the care center facility will safely remove the mass in the patient's neck.

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

If there are no complications after the procedure, the patient will be prescribed thyroid hormone replacement medication to avoid hypothyroidism. Patient are expected to make a full recovery and live a healthy and better future.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Potential side effects of the surgery include bleeding, infection, hypoparathyroidism, or permanent hoarse or weak voice due to nerve damage.

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 within or who are able to travel to the National Capital Region.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Patients experiencing a goiter often look for medications such as aspirin or corticosteroid infused capsules that will help stabilize the growth or swelling.

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