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Success! Zion from the Philippines raised $434 to fund life-changing surgery to heal her birth condition.

Zion
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  • $434 raised, $0 to go
$434
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$0
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Fully funded
Zion's treatment was fully funded on December 20, 2022.

Photo of Zion post-operation

December 27, 2022

Zion underwent life-changing surgery to heal her birth condition.

Zion’s surgery was a success! Her parents are hopeful that she will have a fast recovery. They shared that Zion loves to play and dance, and they’re so excited to see her do those things without any pain or limitations now that she’s had treatment.

Zion’s mother shared, “We were not capable of financing her medical needs, so I’d really like to thank Watsi and World Surgical Foundation Philippines for all your help.”

Zion’s surgery was a success! Her parents are hopeful that she will have a fast recovery. They shared that Zion loves to play and dance, and...

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July 14, 2022

Zion is a playful and active baby girl from the Philippines. She loves to eat, dance, and play! Her mother stays home taking care of her, and her father works as an online seller.

Zion was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital condition that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. She needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. While her parents share that her father’s income is enough to support their day-to-day needs, they cannot fund another surgery, especially since they are still working to pay off debt from Zion’s previous surgeries.

Fortunately, our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines (WSFP), can help. Zion is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct her condition on July 16th at WSFP’s care center, Our Lady of Peace Hospital. Now, her family needs support in raising $434 to cover the total cost of the procedure and care. After her recovery, Zion will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future.

Zion’s mother shares, “This will be her third and last surgery. After the surgery, Zion will be able to play and move comfortably. As a parent, I don’t want her to get bullied and be hurt when she grows up. Thanks to Watsi and World Surgical Foundation Philippines, she can now grow as a normal kid.”

Zion is a playful and active baby girl from the Philippines. She loves to eat, dance, and play! Her mother stays home taking care of her, an...

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Zion's Timeline

  • July 14, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 14, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Zion's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 16, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Zion 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 20, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Zion's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 27, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Zion's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Anorectal Malformation
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $434 for Zion's treatment
Hospital Fees
$91
Medical Staff
$40
Medication
$35
Supplies
$177
Labs
$53
Radiology
$11
Other
$27
  • 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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.