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Success! Bartola from Guatemala raised $1,487 to fund pterygium correction.

Bartola
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Fully funded
Bartola's treatment was fully funded on February 1, 2018.

Photo of Bartola post-operation

September 19, 2017

Bartola underwent pterygium correction.

Bartola underwent a successful surgery to correct her pterygium. Now Bartola can see better, she no longer experiences pain, and it does not hurt her eyes to go out in the sun. Bartola feels content and grateful to have received this surgery.

Bartola says, “Thank you so much. It is only with your help I could have this surgery.”

Bartola underwent a successful surgery to correct her pterygium. Now Bartola can see better, she no longer experiences pain, and it does not...

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August 3, 2017

Bartola is a 55-year-old woman who lives with five of her seven children in rural Guatemala. She works as a housewife, cleaning and cooking. In her free time, she weaves traditional Mayan textiles and takes care of her family.

Bartola needs pterygium correction surgery. Common symptoms of a pterygium include redness, blurred vision, and eye irritation due to a growth that covers the white part of the eye. Bartola’s eyesight has been worsening for many years now, and her eyes bother her on a daily basis.

Fortunately, with the help of our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, Bartola is scheduled to receive her treatment on August 3. She needs help raising $1,487 to fund treatment.

Treatment for Bartola’s condition is straightforward. First, she will consult with a trusted eye specialist, and then receive correctional surgery and follow-up. The change to Bartola’s eyesight will be immediate and vision-saving. Bartola will be able to do her favorite activities again, such as weaving and going to church.

Bartola is a 55-year-old woman who lives with five of her seven children in rural Guatemala. She works as a housewife, cleaning and cooking....

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Bartola's Timeline

  • August 3, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 3, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Bartola 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.

  • August 28, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Bartola's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 19, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Bartola's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • February 1, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Bartola's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 24 donors

Funded by 24 donors

Treatment
Pterygium Correction
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,487 for Bartola's treatment
Hospital Fees
$998
Medical Staff
$40
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?

Common symptoms of a pterygium include redness, blurred vision, and eye irritation due to the growth that covers the white part of the eye. Many also feel burning and itching. Depending on how large the growth is, it can cause vision loss.

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

Pterygium leads to persistent redness, inflammation, constant tearing, and dry and itchy eyes. It is extremely uncomfortable and advanced cases can cause limited or loss of vision. In Guatemala, losing vision can end a career, ruin a family’s financial security, and of course majorly impact quality of life.

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

Low vision is a problem anywhere in the world. In Guatemala it is a massive problem, because many people depend on their eyesight to be able to work. Guatemala is also closer to the equator, and as such the UV exposure is stronger.

  • 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 two to three 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?

This condition is very treatable. Response to treatment is usually dramatic, and exceedingly gratifying to watch. Vision is saved. Although rare, risks of surgery include swelling, double vision, eye redness and infections. Sometimes the growth returns.

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.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are not many alternatives. As is often the case in Guatemala, specialists and treatments are readily available in urban centers – if you can pay for them.

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Askaw

Askaw is a 47-year-old woman who lives with her father, husband, two sons and her daughter-in-law. Her husband is currently unemployed while her oldest son and her daughter-in-law are farmers. Her youngest son is a day labourer, finding work whenever he can. Askaw is a homemaker and looks after her father who is retired. In her free time, she loves to read, sing, and go to church every Sunday. Toward the end of 2018, Askaw noticed that the vision in both her eyes was blurred. In early 2019, unable to afford seeking treatment at a hospital or a clinic, she purchased eyeglasses for herself at a shop. Although the eyeglasses helped her see better at first, a year later her vision worsened and she could no longer see even with the eyeglasses. She purchased a new pair of glasses, but her vision worsened again. Finally in December she was able to go to an ophthalmologist's clinic with the help and financial support of her brother. After the ophthalmologist examined her eyes, she was told to go to a hospital for further investigation because she likely needed surgery. Askaw's brother knew of our medical partner Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) which could help make her care possible even though it was out of reach financially for their family. Currently, Askaw can see very little in her left eye and she can only perceive light with her right eye. She cannot read anymore, and finds it difficult to pay for items when shopping since she cannot see the money. When she cooks, she will often mix-up the ingredients. She shared that sometimes, when she is alone, she will cry and feels sad about her symptoms. She said, “When I cook, I will mix-up the ingredients because I cannot see clearly. Now I am no longer able to cook and I have also stopped cleaning as it is so hard to clean with my poor vision."

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