Children in the Philippines who live in extreme poverty lack access to quality healthcare. They are often denied assistance and are unable to afford necessities to improve their quality of life.
We have an urgent surgical case that we need your help with!
Meet Prince Calvin. He is 2-years-old and the youngest of 4 children. He and his family live in a squatters area in Manila.
When he was born, his tongue was quite large and protruded a little. As he grew, so did his tongue. It is now so large that he can only eat soup and drink from a bottle. It also restricts his airway. It is hard for them to keep his tongue clean and moist and painful infections develop.
He was diagnosed with a cystic hygroma (a cystic hygroma is a fluid-filled sac that results from a blockage in the lymphatic system. It is most commonly located in the neck or head area but can be located anywhere in the body. It may be discovered in a fetus during a pregnancy ultrasound, or it may be apparent at birth as a soft bulge under the skin).
Prince Calvin urgently needs surgery to have the cystic hygroma removed before it grows any larger. He will also have a tracheostomy inserted so that his airway is protected during and after surgery. It will then be removed about a month after surgery.
If Prince Calvin does not have this surgery, his tongue will continue to grow making it impossible for him to eat or breathe.
Can you help Prince Calvin have life-changing surgery? He needs you!