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Marcos suffered from malnutrition last year (he was patient #5263), but now he is stronger than ever and ready to receive surgery for his strabismus! Children with strabismus have difficulty seeing, headaches, and loss of depth perceptions. It's important that Marcos has surgery while he is still very young because he will be much more likely to have a good outcome and prevent future vision problems! Marcos is a shy little boy who loves to play with his two twin sisters! He lives in an adobe house with a tin roof with his sisters and parents. His mother cannot go out to work because she spends her days taking care of Marcos and her two newborn baby girls, but she washes neighbors' clothes when she has time. Marcos' father works as a day laborer, only getting paid when there is work available, meaning Marcos' family has an inconsistent source of income, having only a few dollars per day, which goes towards food and clothes for the family. His father also takes care of a couple of cows, and he says that Marcos loves to come with him to see them! Although his parents both work hard, there is no affordable option for Marcos to be able to receive surgery to fix his strabismus. Even if his parents spend every cent they had, they would not be able to afford the expensive surgery, medications, and travel costs. This treatment will greatly improve Marcos' quality of life, giving him the ability to see normally, prevent his need for glasses, and put him on track to be a successful student!

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Three-year-old Nimrod lives with his older sisters and his parents in Guatemala. Since his parents work, his older sisters take care of him. His father works as a gardener, and his mother works at home, taking care of Nimrod and his family. Nimrod is suffering from strabismus - he has double vision, and a difficult time with depth perception. Although he has tried non-surgical treatment with glasses, this has not been effective. His mother is worried that he will not be able to attend school if he does not have his eyes repaired, and is fearful that he will never be able to read or play sports with the other kids. Although Nimrod's parents both work hard, they barely have enough money to sustain the family, and give everyone food, clothes, and other essentials, making an expensive surgery like Nimrod's impossible for them to pay for on their own. Nimrod's favorite toy is his little toy car, which he loves to play with when he isn't listening to music with his sisters. For $1486, we can fund the strabismus correction surgery that Nimrod needs. This treatment will give Nimrod the opportunity to have improved vision, which will allow him to be more independent. His mother will no longer have to worry if he will be able to attend school, read, and play with the other children once his strabismus is corrected. Surgery will improve Nimrod's quality of life, and give him the chance to be a successful student. "I dream that he can have better vision, and that everything goes well," Nimrod's sister shares. "May God bless the people that are going to pay for this treatment for my brother. We love our little brother so much."

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Brayan is an eight-year-old student living in Guatemala with his single mother. Brayan is in the first grade, and he loves school--his favorite things are addition and subtraction, and playing with toy cars. His mother works washing clothes and cleaning for neighbors. Brayan has had strabismus his whole life, but since he has started school, his condition has worsened. He has been unable to control his right eye movements, giving him poor depth perception, headaches, and renders him unable to participate in many games with the other kids. Strabismus, commonly known as “cross-eyes,” is caused by the lack of coordination of the eye muscles. Our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, tells us that what Brayan needs is extraocular muscle to correct the alignment of his eyes. This surgery is very routine, and is the third most common surgery in the United States. Brayan also requires transportation from his village, and an interpreter who can communicate in his family's native language. The total cost of this procedure is $1,500, and covers the supplies, surgery, and three days of inpatient care. This treatment will give Brayan improved vision, reduce his frequency of headaches, and allow him to participate in sports. "When I am big I want to be a policeman," Brayan shares, "because when I see car crashes, the police always come. I want to be a policemen to be able to go to the people in those cars, and take care of them." Following his surgery, he will be better able to concentrate and be a successful student.

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Mynor is an eight-year-old boy who lives with his parents and brother in Guatemala. Mynor’s father works several days a week, and Mynor’s mother contributes to the family income by preparing snacks and other foods for local schools and organizations. Mynor has strabismus. This means his eyes do not align in the same direction, and appear crossed. Mynor has complained of problems with his vision for years. He often has difficulty seeing the blackboard in his classroom, and reading is a struggle. Mynor’s parents are very worried about their son’s eyesight, knowing how difficult it is for Mynor in school. Other symptoms of strabismus include double vision, uncoordinated eye movements, fatigue, headache, and loss of vision or depth perception. If left untreated, Mynor’s vision could be permanently damaged. Mynor will receive a strabismus surgery on the muscles around his eyes to alter the way they align. As part of his treatment, he will receive a consultation with an eye specialist before and after surgery, and he will be accompanied by a staff member from our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, throughout the entire process. The surgery itself is fairly simple, and requires a day or two in the hospital. With this treatment, Mynor will have healthy eyes for the first time in his life. He will be able to see clearly, which will help him in his studies and impact his life for years to come. Mynor’s mother says, “I feel a great happiness and gratitude for this amazing support that you are giving to my son. Thank you for helping people like us and for worrying about our health.” Watsi is requesting $1,500 to fund Mynor's procedure.

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Jairon is a young boy from Guatemala. He lives with his parents and siblings in Guatemala's rural western highlands. Jairon loves to spend his time playing with the other children in his village and eating his favorite foods: eggs and beans. Jairon has strabismus, a condition that occurs when the eyes do not align in the same direction and appear crossed. Symptoms of strabismus include double vision, uncoordinated eye movements, fatigue, headache, and loss of vision or depth perception. Jairon was born with an advanced strabismus, and therefore has always had difficulties seeing. He also often feels bad about his condition because other children make fun of him for it. If left untreated, Jairon's vision could be permanently damaged and irreparable. Fortunately, Jairon will receive strabismus correction surgery on February 20. He will receive consultation with a trusted eye specialist before and after surgery, and he will be accompanied by one of our medical partner's staff members throughout the entire process. The surgery itself is fairly simple and requires just a day or two in the hospital. Now, our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, is requesting $1,500 to fund this treatment. Jairon will be able to see clearly for the first time in his life, and he will feel happier and more confident. Jairon's mother says, "I want my son to receive this operation so that he can be like other children and then they won't make fun of him anymore. I thank you for this help. May God bless you."

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