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Success! Angelica from Guatemala raised $1,500 for eye surgery.

Angelica
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Angelica's treatment was fully funded on November 2, 2016.

Photo of Angelica post-operation

January 19, 2017

Angelica can see clearly again.

Maria’s surgery to correct her strabismus was very successful. She has not had any complications. She can’t wait to read without straining her eyes! She is also looking forward to playing with her friends.

“Thank you so much for your help,” says Maria. “I see much better now.”

Maria's surgery to correct her strabismus was very successful. She has not had any complications. She can't wait to read without straining h...

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October 8, 2016

Angelica is 10-years-old and lives with her five siblings and parents in a one-room house with a tin roof. Her father works as a day laborer, making only $3 per day. Her mother works taking care of Angelica and her siblings, cooking, and cleaning.

Angelica has strabismus, a condition which means that she is unable to control the direction of both of her eyes. This condition has made her have trouble with depth perception and headaches, but more importantly has prevented her from going to school. After finishing the first grade, she got so worried about what others thought of her ‘bad eye’ that she stopped going. Although they want the best for Angelica, her parents cannot afford to pay for her surgery.

This surgery will correct Angelica’s strabismus, giving her better control of both of her eyes. This will alleviate her physical symptoms, as well as improve her self-esteem so she can continue to attend school.

Angelica said, “This next year I would like to keep studying if my eye is better and I can see better. I want to continue studying and get a job, so I can earn money and support my parents. I appreciate the help that you can give me.”

Angelica is 10-years-old and lives with her five siblings and parents in a one-room house with a tin roof. Her father works as a day laborer...

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Angelica's Timeline

  • October 8, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Angelica was submitted by Jessica Hawkins at Wuqu’ Kawoq.

  • October 8, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Angelica received treatment at Intituto Panamericano in Guatemala. 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.

  • October 11, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Angelica's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 2, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Angelica's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 19, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Angelica's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 14 donors

Funded by 14 donors

Treatment
Strabismus Correction Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,500 for Angelica's treatment
Hospital Fees
$997
Medical Staff
$54
Medication
$117
Supplies
$0
Travel
$100
Labs
$91
Other
$141
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Strabismus is sometimes called a ‘lazy eye’ or ‘cross-eye’ and is a condition in which both eyes cannot be fixed on the same point. This is a common eye condition, the symptoms of which include crossed eyes, double vision, eyes that do not align in the same direction, uncoordinated eye movements, fatigue, headache, and loss of vision or depth perception. People may also experience stigma from others.

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

Having poor vision can make it difficult for a child to study, putting job prospects in danger, and majorly impact quality of life. People often face stigma or shame for this problem.

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

Getting treatment for this a problem is much more difficult Guatemala than in the US. The prevalence is likely the same.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Treatment for this condition involves consultation with a trusted eye specialist. Surgery is usually a simple affair, requiring just a day or two in the hospital. Before and after eye surgery, drops are usually needed. The entire process typically takes two to three months to complete.

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

This treatment saves vision and relieves stigma, which in turn helps affected individuals live healthy happy, and productive lives.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This condition is very treatable. Response to treatment is usually dramatic, especially in younger children. Vision is saved.

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

There are no eye surgeries available for example through the public system. There are several good private clinics, but the very high cost of treatment keeps people from getting care.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are not many alternatives. Specialists and treatments are readily available in urban centers – if you can pay for them.

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