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Success! Aljahnie from the Philippines raised $1,279 to fund a colostomy closure surgery to heal his birth condition.

Aljahnie
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  • $1,279 raised, $0 to go
$1,279
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$0
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Fully funded
Aljahnie's treatment was fully funded on May 24, 2022.

Photo of Aljahnie post-operation

June 1, 2022

Aljahnie underwent a colostomy closure surgery to heal his birth condition.

Aljahnie’s surgery was a success! Finally, his series of treatments are over. His family is relieved that he can now play as other kids do. Even though he was sleepy after surgery, they all feel so happy to see him more active and livelier now.

“This is a life-changing event for my son. He now has a chance to have a normal life. Instead of buying him colostomy supplies, we can now save for his future,” his mother shared excitedly.

Aljahnie’s surgery was a success! Finally, his series of treatments are over. His family is relieved that he can now play as other kids do. ...

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March 16, 2022

Aljahnie is a four-year-old boy from the Philippines. He loves to play with toy cars, to sing nursery rhymes, and to listen to songs. His mother is a stay-at-home mom, and his father is a jeepney driver. Despite working hard, they are unable to finance his medical needs.

Aljahnie was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. He needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction.

Aljahnie is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct his condition on March 17th. Our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines, is requesting $1,279 to cover the total cost of Aljahnie’s procedure and care.

After his recovery, Aljahnie will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future.

“By the grace of God, and extra caution, we hope that his condition will be much better after this treatment. We are very grateful to World Surgical Foundation and WATSI for helping us,” shared Aljahnie’s mother.

Aljahnie is a four-year-old boy from the Philippines. He loves to play with toy cars, to sing nursery rhymes, and to listen to songs. His mo...

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Aljahnie's Timeline

  • March 14, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Aljahnie 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.

  • March 16, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 18, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Aljahnie's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 24, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Aljahnie's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 1, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Aljahnie's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 32 donors

Funded by 32 donors

Treatment
Anorectal Malformation
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,279 for Aljahnie's treatment
Hospital Fees
$277
Medical Staff
$330
Medication
$180
Supplies
$166
Labs
$201
Radiology
$11
Other
$114
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Children born with anorectal malformations have dysfunctional bowels due to closure or partial closure of the anus.

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

Children with anorectal malformations are at risk for growth and motor development impairments and other severe complications. The child may also feel isolated or stigmatized given the dysfunctional bowel movement.

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

Teenage and late presentation for treatment of anorectal malformations is not uncommon in the developing world. Some of the reasons for late presentation include but are not limited to illiteracy, poverty, lack of awareness, and limited trained pediatric surgeons. In rural areas, babies with this condition can be considered cursed and are marginalized.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The anus will be surgically created within the sphincter muscle of the patient.

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

The procedure gives the child a new chance at life without the shame of dysfunctional bowel movement, the need for a different diet, and dependence on his/her parents for irrigation and ostomy pouch. A better quality of life awaits every child who undergoes the procedure.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Some of the potential side effects or complications include infection of the surgical site, narrowing of the anal canal, inability to control bowel movements, and rectum collapse.

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

World Surgical Foundation Philippines programs are known throughout the country so patients often travel from other islands and provinces where care isn't available to access treatment in the capital city.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Patients with minimal bowel passage and without access to surgery opt for dilatation or irrigation to help pass stool easily.

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