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Success! Romeo from the Philippines raised $1,130 to fund hernia repair surgery.

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Romeo's treatment was fully funded on July 27, 2022.

Photo of Romeo post-operation

August 3, 2022

Romeo underwent hernia repair surgery.

Romeo’s surgery was successful! He’s more comfortable now and can finally move around with ease. He’s free from worrying about his medical expenses and can start earning again for his family.

“It was like a dream come true! I’m more comfortable now and don’t need to worry about my treatment. If it weren’t for WSFP and WATSI, I will not be having this life-changing experience,” Romeo shared happily.

Romeo’s surgery was successful! He's more comfortable now and can finally move around with ease. He's free from worrying about his medical e...

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March 10, 2022

Romeo is a 67-year-old former carpenter and driver from the Philippines. Romeo has five children, and one his sons lives with and supports Romeo through part-time work as a call center agent.

In January, Romeo was diagnosed with a hernia, a condition that causes Romeo severe pain on the left side of his abdomen. Romeo has had to stop working due to worsening symptoms. Fortunately, on March 30th, Romeo will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner’s care center, Our Lady of Peace Hospital. Our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines, is helping Romeo raise $1,130 to fund this life altering surgery. Once completed, this procedure will allow him to live more comfortably and confidently.

Romeo’s son shared, “We pray and hope that this treatment will be the way for my father’s body to be healthier and his life to be even longer. We want to thank Dr. De Leon who referred us to World Surgical Foundation Philippines and Watsi. Because of this, our father will get the much needed surgical treatment.”

Romeo is a 67-year-old former carpenter and driver from the Philippines. Romeo has five children, and one his sons lives with and supports R...

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Romeo's Timeline

  • March 10, 2022

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

  • March 30, 2022

    Romeo 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 31, 2022

    Romeo's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 27, 2022

    Romeo's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 3, 2022

    Romeo's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 14 donors

Funded by 14 donors

Hernia repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,130 for Romeo'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?

Hernia symptoms and factors that need surgery include long-term hernia pain or discomfort, pain or discomfort that interferes with everyday activities, and pain or discomfort intensifying or worsening over time.

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

The patient may experience a decrease in motor function and well-being due to the pain experienced with the case. Hernia can also be life-threatening to the patient if not treated immediately.

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

More often than not, in a country where home remedies are considered as a proactive measure instead of being assessed in the hospital, many Filipinos choose to treat their conditions at home. Additionally, with the increase of surgical costs in the country, and the distance between hospitals and patients, treatment is often out of reach for patients.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Herniorrhaphy is the procedure that repairs the weakened abdominal wall.

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

It takes three to six weeks for a full recovery after hernia surgeries. Usually, it will take one to two weeks before a person can go back to everyday activities and work or school.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

After six weeks of the procedure, the patient may resume normal activities, especially for patients who are doing manual labor.

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 within and around the National Capital Region.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Patients without a severe hernia may try home remedies as simple as a cold compress, but severe and long-term hernias require surgical treatment to fully heal.

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Agnes is a college student and is in her final year pursuing an architectural course. She lives with her parents and is the second born in a family of three children, all of whom are in school and rely on their parents for school fees and upkeep. Her father is a carpenter in their hometown, Kimende, and his income is inconsistent and not enough to cover the cost of the required surgery. Her mother is a small-scale farmer. Agnes was heading home in the evening last night when she remembers hearing screams and was hit by an unknown motorist from behind. She has no recollection of what happened after that. She lost consciousness and could not recognize her surroundings. She was brought to our medical partner's care center Kijabe Hospital and had an x-ray that revealed a left distal femur fracture. Doctors have recommended an urgent fracture repair surgery since the wound is open and she is in extreme pain. Today, she has regained her consciousness but cannot sit or walk due to the fracture. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner are here to help. On October 14th, Agnes will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help get rid of the pain and she will eventually be able to sit and walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. Agnes says, “I am in so much pain and I cannot walk. I don’t remember what happened, I just found myself bedridden with lights all over. I am unable to go back home because of the fracture.”

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