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Success! Flavio from Guatemala raised $1,500 so he can see clearly again.

Flavio
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Flavio's treatment was fully funded on November 10, 2016.

Photo of Flavio post-operation

January 19, 2017

Flavio can see clearly again.

Flavio has completely recovered from his surgery. He has been able to return to work and support his family. He says he feels twenty years younger!

“I have gotten my vision back, and this has helped so much,” says Flavio. “I have been able to work again and help my family be able to afford food…I am so grateful, from the bottom of my heart.”

Flavio has completely recovered from his surgery. He has been able to return to work and support his family. He says he feels twenty years y...

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October 8, 2016

Flavio lives in a humble home in a remote village in the mountains of Guatemala. He used to work as a farmer, but now he is unable to see and cannot do it anymore, even though he is still very physically active. Flavio is an incredibly selfless father and grandfather. He has five children, and 21 grandchildren who all live with him and his wife in their small home. One of his daughters has special needs, so he spends most of his days taking care of her since he is unable to work on their plot of land anymore.

Flavio has cataracts in both his eyes, which have been bothering him for as long as he can remember. In the past couple years, he has not been able to even go to the corner store without help, because he is not able to tell apart the different bills and coins. This makes him frustrated. He lacks the independence to do even simple things on his own, but he wants to be more helpful to his family.

Surgical treatment will give Flavio the independence that he has been craving–he will no longer be held back by his poor vision. He will be able to go to the store on his own, and maybe even help out on the farm once his vision is repaired–giving him another chance to do all of his favorite things that he hasn’t been able to do for years.

Flavio shares, “I am happy because my vision is going to get better. When I can see better I will be able to continue working and walking around my village without having problems.”

Flavio lives in a humble home in a remote village in the mountains of Guatemala. He used to work as a farmer, but now he is unable to see an...

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Flavio's Timeline

  • October 8, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Flavio was submitted by Jessica Hawkins at Wuqu’ Kawoq, our medical partner in Guatemala.

  • October 08, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Flavio 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.

  • October 11, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Flavio's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 10, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Flavio's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 19, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Flavio's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 16 donors

Funded by 16 donors

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