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Success! Santos from Guatemala raised $1,500 to fund eye surgery.

Santos
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
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$0
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Fully funded
Santos's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Santos post-operation

July 6, 2017

Santos received eye surgery.

After receiving cataract surgery on both eyes, Santos has fully regained his sight. With his renewed ability to see, Santos can now return to work and take care of his family again with confidence.

Santos says, “I feel very glad because my sight has returned. There are always imperfections but I can see and it’s not how it was before. Thanks to God that you all put me on this path because I was very sad to be unable to see. Thank you for your help. Now I can work again, and I can move forward with my children.”

After receiving cataract surgery on both eyes, Santos has fully regained his sight. With his renewed ability to see, Santos can now return t...

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March 3, 2017

Santos is a 29-year-old husband and father who lives with his wife and daughter in rural Guatemala.

He has cataracts, a condition in which the normally clear lens of the eye becomes cloudy. His condition makes it difficult for him to see, and his vision is becoming worse over time. Until recently, Santos worked in the fields, but his failing eyesight has made it impossible for him to keep working. If left untreated, his cataracts will continue to grow, and he will eventually go blind. Thus, our medical partner has scheduled surgery for March 4.

Since Santos has not been able to work, his wife has been weaving in order to add to the family’s income. Santos is unable to afford surgery without outside help. For this reason, our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is requesting $1,500 to fund the surgery. The treatment will include further evaluation from an eye specialist, surgery to remove his cataracts, a post-op follow-up treatment, and transportation throughout his treatment process.

The surgery will positively impact Santos’s life for years to come by allowing him to provide for his family and see his daughter grow up.

“My wife and I are very happy, because, God willing, I will be able to see and therefore continue to take care of my family,” says Santos. “Thanks very much to you all for the help.”

Santos is a 29-year-old husband and father who lives with his wife and daughter in rural Guatemala. He has cataracts, a condition in whi...

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Santos's Timeline

  • March 3, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Santos was submitted by Cate Hendren, Complex Care Coordinator at Wuqu’ Kawoq, our medical partner in Guatemala.

  • March 04, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Santos received treatment at Intituto Panamericano. 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.

  • March 14, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Santos's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 06, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Santos's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Santos's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Complicated Cataracts
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,500 for Santos'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?

Cataracts cause clouded, blurred, or dim vision, decreased night vision, sensitivity to light, seeing 'halos' around lights, double vision, and decreased color vision. This is a common eye condition which causes or threatens to cause blindness or otherwise majorly impact productivity and quality of life.

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

Low vision is a problem anywhere in the world. In Guatemala it is a massive problem, because people depend on their eyesight to be able to work. Losing vision can end a career, ruin a family’s financial security, and majorly impact quality of life.

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

Uncontrolled medical conditions definitely predispose someone to getting cataracts, for example.

  • 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, which are quite expensive. The entire process typically takes 2-3 months to complete.

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

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

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Complications and risks associated with this surgery are rare, but include: infection in the eye (endophthalmitis), swelling and fluid in the center of the nerve layer (cystoid macular edema), swelling of the clear covering of the eye (corneal edema), bleeding in the front of the eye (hyphema), and detachment of the nerve layer at the back of the eye (retinal detachment).

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 through the public system. There are several good private clinics, including the ones our medical partner uses, but the very high cost of treatment keeps people from getting care. With financing from Watsi, our medical partner can overcome this barrier for their patients.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are not many alternatives. Specialists and treatments are available in urban centers if a patient can pay for them. People who can’t pay do not have available treatments.

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