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Success! Carminia from Guatemala raised $1,500 to fund cataract surgery.

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

Photo of Carminia post-operation

September 19, 2017

Carminia underwent cataract surgery.

Carminia underwent a successful cataract surgery. Before the surgery Carminia feared going blind, but now she is happy because her vision is improving every day after the surgery. Now Carminia is able to go about her daily activities with more ease and tranquility.

Carminia says, “I thank God for putting you all on my path. With my illness I was losing my vision but thanks to your support in this entire process I underwent this surgery and my vision is getting better. Everything is thanks to you all, I know it was not easy but you never left me, you had patience the whole time. I thank you from my heart, may God bless you for this help that you give.”

Carminia underwent a successful cataract surgery. Before the surgery Carminia feared going blind, but now she is happy because her vision is...

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June 23, 2017

Carminia is a 41-year-old mother and wife from Guatemala. She has one child and works as a homemaker while her husband works in the local countryside.

Carminia developed cataracts in both of her eyes years ago, and they have only gotten worse over time. This has lead to blurred vision, irritation, and tearing, and she no longer feels comfortable leaving her home alone.

Carminia sought treatment through our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, and is now scheduled to receive cataract repair surgery on June 23. Due to the complicated nature of her cataracts, Carminia will require more evaluations and post surgery care than usual. The $1,500 requested by Wuqu’ Kawoq will cover all of the expenses of her procedure, transportation, and care.

Carminia says, “I do not have the words to thank the institution for all the support we’ve received. All that I hope for now, is that my operation goes well.”

Carminia is a 41-year-old mother and wife from Guatemala. She has one child and works as a homemaker while her husband works in the local co...

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Carminia's Timeline

  • June 23, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Carminia was submitted by Hannah Shryer, Complex Care Coordinator/Research Intern at Wuqu’ Kawoq.

  • June 23, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Carminia 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.

  • July 13, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Carminia's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 19, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Carminia's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Carminia's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 36 donors

Funded by 36 donors

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