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Success! Allan from the Philippines raised $1,279 to fund corrective surgery.

Allan
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Fully funded
Allan's treatment was fully funded on August 11, 2022.

Photo of Allan post-operation

August 31, 2022

Allan underwent corrective surgery so he can grow up healthy.

Allan’s surgery was a success! He is healing well after his first surgery to correct his birth condition and is preparing for his final operation in his recovery, a colostomy closure. His family is happy to know that Allan is a big step closer to the life that they’ve been hoping for him. They are filled with joy to see how he gets better each day.

“They’ve taught me how to help him heal and prepare for his last surgery (Colostomy Closure). We’re just praying and hoping that the next surgery will be successful as well so Allan could live a normal life,” his mother shared. “We’re thankful to Watsi and WSFP for helping Allan,” she added.

Allan’s surgery was a success! He is healing well after his first surgery to correct his birth condition and is preparing for his final oper...

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March 31, 2022

Allan is an adorable two-year-old boy from the Philippines. Allan loves to sing nursery rhymes and listen to music. Allan’s father works as a welder in Saudi Arabia, while his mother stays at home to look after their children. Allan’s father’s income is only enough to support their basic needs, the family works hard to shoulder Allan’s medical treatment.

Allan was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. Allan needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Allan is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct his condition on April 4th. Our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines, is helping Allan’s family raise $1,279 to cover the total cost of Allan’s procedure and care. After his recovery, Allan will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future.

Allan’s mother shared, “This surgery is important for us. Through this, Allan will have a chance to grow as a normal kid - no more discomforts and pain. This will also ease our financial burden to buy his colostomy supplies. WSFP and WATSI will be of really great help to us, and so we’re grateful to them!”

Allan is an adorable two-year-old boy from the Philippines. Allan loves to sing nursery rhymes and listen to music. Allan's father works as ...

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Allan's Timeline

  • March 31, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 4, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Allan 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.

  • April 4, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Allan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 11, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Allan's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 31, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Allan's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 27 donors

Funded by 27 donors

Treatment
Anorectal Malformation
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,279 for Allan'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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