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Success! Jonathan from the Philippines raised $1,137 to fund surgery to treat hemorrhoids.

Jonathan
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  • $1,137 raised, $0 to go
$1,137
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Jonathan's treatment was fully funded on January 20, 2023.

Photo of Jonathan post-operation

February 1, 2023

Jonathan underwent life-changing surgery.

Jonathan’s surgery was a success! He’s so happy about the outcome of his operation. He can now focus and do his work without enduring his pain. He’s back on track in supporting his family.

Jonathan said, “Thank you to Watsi and World Surgical Foundation Philippines for your support! I’m grateful to be one of your beneficiaries. I hope you continue helping people, and may the Lord bless you.”

Jonathan's surgery was a success! He's so happy about the outcome of his operation. He can now focus and do his work without enduring his pa...

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August 18, 2022

Jonathan is a courageous fire officer from the Philippines. He lives with and helps support his siblings and elderly mother. He works to provide their family’s sole income.

Last month, Jonathan began to experience pain and other troubling symptoms that caused him to seek medical attention. He was diagnosed with mixed hemorrhoids, or a combination of internal and external hemorrhoids. This condition causes the veins of the lower rectum to become swollen. He requires surgery to prevent his symptoms from getting worse.

Fortunately, our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines (WSFP), is helping Jonathan receive treatment. He is scheduled to undergo a hemorrhoidectomy on August 20th at WSFP’s care center. During this procedure, surgeons will remove his hemorrhoids. A portion of the cost of his treatment is being supported by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and WSFP is raising the remaining $1,137 to cover the cost of Jonathan’s procedure and care.

Jonathan shares, “This disease hinders me from doing my job. I’m the only one who works in our family. If I can’t work, I won’t be able to provide for our needs, so this surgery is a big help for me. To Watsi and World Surgical Foundation Philippines, thank you so much for your kind hearts. May you not get tired of helping the needy.”

Jonathan is a courageous fire officer from the Philippines. He lives with and helps support his siblings and elderly mother. He works to pro...

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Jonathan's Timeline

  • August 18, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 19, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Jonathan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 20, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Jonathan 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.

  • January 20, 2023
    FULLY FUNDED

    Jonathan's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 1, 2023
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Jonathan's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 19 donors

Funded by 19 donors

Treatment
Hemorrhoidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,137 for Jonathan's treatment
Hospital Fees
$91
Medical Staff
$327
Medication
$145
Supplies
$480
Labs
$47
Radiology
$21
Other
$26
  • 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, and pain.

​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 due to the effects of the condition that they experience. As symptoms can occur without warning, people with severe hemorrhoids tend to not be able to socialize and participate in social activities. Further, 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, and severe constipation.

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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.