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Success! Abelino from Guatemala raised $1,487 so he can see clearly again.

Abelino
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$1,487
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Fully funded
Abelino's treatment was fully funded on November 11, 2016.

Photo of Abelino post-operation

January 19, 2017

Abelino can see clearly again.

Abelino underwent successful eye surgery. He has recovered well, and his doctors are confident that he will no longer have any problems. He feels like he’s a young man again!

“I never thought that I would have the opportunity to see the light of day with clarity again,” says Abelino. “I used to be sad that I was losing my vision at my age, but now that I have had this surgery, I see better. My family can see how happy I am.”

Abelino underwent successful eye surgery. He has recovered well, and his doctors are confident that he will no longer have any problems. He ...

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October 8, 2016

Abelino is a 58 year old man from Guatemala who has nine children, six of whom still live with him. He works sewing leather sandals and as a day laborer at a coffee plantation near his home. However, his true passion is playing the trumpet and the piano.

Abelino has a non-cancerous growth on his right eye, due to decades of sun exposure as a day laborer. It has restricted his vision in that eye, and has made it constantly painful and itchy for the past three years.

The growth, also known as a pterygium, has made it impossible for Abelino to read. Before his vision got so bad, he used to read the Bible or another book every day.

If Abelino does not receive surgery, the growth is likely to get bigger, further restrict his vision, and worsen the burning sensation he feels in his eye. For $1,487 we can fund surgery to remove the pterygium from his eye, restoring his vision and allowing him to read once again.

“My life is very valuable to me, and my eyes are an important part of my body. I would like to see with this eye, that I use in every aspect of my life. I ask for your help, and I know that God will bless all you do to help a fellow human,” Abelino says.

Abelino is a 58 year old man from Guatemala who has nine children, six of whom still live with him. He works sewing leather sandals and as a...

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Abelino's Timeline

  • October 8, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 08, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Abelino 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 13, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Abelino's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 11, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Abelino's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 19, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Abelino's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Pterygium Correction
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,487 for Abelino'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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