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Success! Ivy from the Philippines raised $1,196 to fund lesion removal surgery so she can return to caring for her family free of discomfort.

Ivy
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Fully funded
Ivy's treatment was fully funded on December 21, 2022.

Photo of Ivy post-operation

January 3, 2023

Ivy underwent surgery so she can return to caring for her family free of pain and discomfort.

Ivy’s surgery was successful! As a result of her surgery, her confidence has improved, and she is no longer at risk for complications. Ivy is happy about the outcome of her surgery and is excited to go home and continue her recovery.

Ivy shared “I was so conscious about how I looked before because I feel like people always notice my lesions wherever I go, but now I don’t have to worry about it. I feel so much better and I’m eternally grateful to WATSI, World Surgical Foundation Philippines, the doctors, and nurses who helped me. May the Lord bless you all.”

Ivy's surgery was successful! As a result of her surgery, her confidence has improved, and she is no longer at risk for complications. Ivy i...

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July 14, 2022

Ivy is a hardworking 24-year-old mom from the Philippines. Her husband works as a construction worker, and she shared that his income is only enough to sustain their basic needs.

For the past five years, Ivy has been monitoring a birthmark on her face, which she noticed is growing in size. However, despite her desire to consult a physician, her financial constraints have prevented her from doing so. Over time, she began experiencing troubling symptoms, such as pain, uncontrollable itchiness, and bleeding from the lesion.

Fortunately, Ivy found her way to our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines (WSFP). They are helping Ivy receive treatment. On July 16th, she will undergo surgery at WSFP’s care center. This procedure will remove her lesion and alleviate her symptoms, allowing her to return to supporting her family free of discomfort. Now, she needs help raising $1,196 to fund her procedure and care.

Ivy shares, “Everywhere I go, I feel like people always notice my lesion, and it has started to affect my self-confidence. With Watsi and World Surgical Foundation Philippines helping me get this surgery, I know I can regain my confidence. I am really thankful to them, and I hope they help more people like me.”

Ivy is a hardworking 24-year-old mom from the Philippines. Her husband works as a construction worker, and she shared that his income is onl...

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Ivy's Timeline

  • July 14, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 14, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ivy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 16, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ivy 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.

  • December 21, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ivy's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 3, 2023
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ivy's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 30 donors

Funded by 30 donors

Treatment
Incision and Drainage
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,196 for Ivy's treatment
Hospital Fees
$527
Medical Staff
$330
Medication
$23
Supplies
$96
Labs
$138
Radiology
$28
Other
$54
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

The most obvious symptom of an abscess is a painful, compressible area of skin that may look like a large pimple or even an open sore. The skin around the abscess may look red and feel tender and warm. A patient may also see pus draining from the site.

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

Patients often experience pain, which can hinder them from carrying our day-to-day tasks or being active in their community. Patients may also feel self-conscious by the visibility of the abscess, impacting their self esteem.

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

The appearance of patients with a number of abscesses in the body may cause people to exclude them from society. Within the country, it may be common that people assume that the patient may have something contagious and they can be isolated socially.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Incision and drainage is to surgically remove abscess.

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

Patients will be able to live their life normally without exclusion from society.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Typically I&D is well tolerated with pain being the most common complication. Inadequately drained abscesses can lead to the extension of the infection into adjacent tissues and worsening of clinical status.

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 from across the Capital region.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Smaller abscesses (<5 mm) may resolve spontaneously with the application of warm compresses and antibiotic therapy.

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