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Success! Rozaleny from the Philippines raised $1,137 to fund a hemorrhoidectomy to alleviate her symptoms and allow her to live more comfortably.

Rozaleny
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Fully funded
Rozaleny's treatment was fully funded on January 1, 2023.

Photo of Rozaleny post-operation

January 11, 2023

Rozaleny underwent surgery to alleviate her symptoms and allow her to live more comfortably.

Rozaleny’s surgery was hugely successful! She shared that there’s a big difference between her present and previous condition. She’s more comfortable now and can sit with ease. She’s so excited to go home and do her usual chores without worrying about her illness.

Rozaleny said, “Thank you so much, WATSI and World Surgical Foundation Philippines for helping me. I pray that you could help more financially incapable people like our family.”

Rozaleny’s surgery was hugely successful! She shared that there’s a big difference between her present and previous condition. She’s more co...

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July 28, 2022

Rozaleny is a 70-year-old woman from the Philippines. She lives with her husband, who is a tricycle driver.

For the past few months, Rozaleny has been experiencing pain and difficulty sitting. After three months of enduring this pain and discomfort, she decided to seek medical care. She was diagnosed with external hemorrhoids and was advised to undergo surgery to prevent her condition from worsening. However, Rozaleny and her husband could not fund her needed treatment due to financial constraints.

Fortunately, our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines (WSFP), is helping Rozaleny receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a hemorrhoidectomy on July 30th at WSFP’s care center. During this procedure, surgeons will remove her external hemorrhoids. A portion of the cost of her treatment is being supported by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and WSFP is raising the remaining $1,137 to cover the cost of Rozaleny’s procedure and care. After her recovery, she will no longer experience pain and will avoid future complications.

Rozaleny’s husband shares, “This free surgery will really be a big help to us. We can’t afford to pay for her treatment. We’re eternally grateful to Watsi and World Surgical Foundation Philippines for all their help.”

Rozaleny is a 70-year-old woman from the Philippines. She lives with her husband, who is a tricycle driver. For the past few months, Roza...

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Rozaleny's Timeline

  • July 28, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 29, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Rozaleny's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 30, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Rozaleny 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 1, 2023
    FULLY FUNDED

    Rozaleny's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 11, 2023
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Rozaleny's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 22 donors

Funded by 22 donors

Treatment
Hemorrhoidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,137 for Rozaleny'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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