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Alma is a 46-year-old woman from the Philippines who needs $1,452 to fund a surgery to heal a facial mass.

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September 7, 2022

Alma is a 46-year-old woman, living with her sister and daughter in the Philippines. Their basic needs are sustained by her sister’s small business.

In 2020, Alma developed a sore on the inside of her right cheek. The sore kept increasing in size, until her face became highly swollen. Because her family had insufficient financial resources, Alma was unable to seek help for her condition.

Fortunately, Alma was referred to our partner care facility, the Our Lady of Peace Hospital. There, she was assessed, and diagnosed with a Buccal Mass. This condition begins when the cells that make up the inner cheek have abnormal growth, and form lesions or tumors. Alma needs to undergo surgery to remove the mass.

Our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines, is helping Alma to access the care that she needs. She is scheduled to undergo an excision of the mass on September 10th, at Our Lady of Peace Hospital. World Surgical Foundation Philippines is asking for your help to fund this procedure, for which they need $1,452.

Alma shared: “I’ve lost my confidence since the lump is very visible on my face. This surgery is the answer to my prayers. Thank you so much WATSI and World Surgical Foundation Philippines for helping me!”

Alma is a 46-year-old woman, living with her sister and daughter in the Philippines. Their basic needs are sustained by her sister’s small b...

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Alma's Timeline

  • September 7, 2022

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

  • September 10, 2022

    Alma was scheduled to receive 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.

  • September 11, 2022

    Alma's profile was published to start raising funds.


    Alma is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD

    Awaiting Alma's treatment update from World Surgical Foundation Philippines.

Funded by 29 donors

Funded by 29 donors

Excision of Buccal Mass
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,452 for Alma'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?

The common symptoms of Buccal Mass are: white or red lump in the mouth that does not go away after two weeks; a red, raised patch in the mouth that bleeds easily, a lump or thickening in the mouth, pain increases when eating or drinking, soreness or a feeling that something is caught in the throat, difficulty chewing or swallowing, severe ear pain, difficulty moving the jaw or tongue, hoarseness, numbness of the tongue or other areas of the mouth.

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

Patients often experience pain, which can hinder them from carrying out day-to-day tasks or being active in their community. If left untreated, the mass can grow very large, distorting the shape of the face. Patients may feel self-conscious about the visibility of the mass on their face, impacting their self-esteem.

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

The appearance of patients with a visible mass on their faces may cause people to exclude them from society. Within the country, it may be common that people to 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?

Excision of the Buccal Mass is to surgically remove the mass from the inside of the cheek with a scalpel.

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

If there are no complications after the procedure, it generally takes about seven to ten days for patients to fully recover. They will be able to live their life normally without pain, discomfort, and exclusion from society.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

The patient may have some bleeding, redness, or swelling near the surgery area. They may also have trouble opening their mouth fully for a few days after surgery.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Patients may need to travel from across the country to the capital region to access care.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There is no home remedy available for treatment of this condition.

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Loyce is a social and loving 46-year-old wife and mother of six. She had to drop out of school in grade 12 and could not realize her dream of becoming a banker, because her parents could not afford to keep her in school. She is determined to fully educate all her children. Loyce is now a businesswoman who operates a small retail shop in a trading center. A sole proprietorship, it barely generates enough revenue to cater to the family's basic needs and pay her children's school fees. Her husband is a motorcycle taxi driver.  For the past 9 months, Loyce has been experiencing severe lower abdominal pain, backache and vaginal bleeding. She visited a hospital in the region, and treatment was recommended. Since the couple could not afford to pay for the surgery, Loyce had no option but to live with the condition. Recently, the pain has become unbearable, and she visited Nyakibale Hospital and was examined by a gynecologist. She has been diagnosed with premalignant cervical lesion, and needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Loyce's surgery. On November 8th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Loyce will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Loyce says: “I have truly experienced a lot of pain; I hate it so much, I've always had financial problems, but with your help, I believe that I'll be able to have my surgery and, with God's help, hopefully, recover.”

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