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

Jairon
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$1,500
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$0
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Fully funded
Jairon's treatment was fully funded on March 28, 2018.

Photo of Jairon post-operation

April 2, 2018

Jairon underwent eye surgery.

Jairon underwent a successful strabismus surgery. His eyes are healing after the operation, and Jairon’s mother reports that he is healthy, and is active and playful. Jairon will continue with his post-surgical treatment and will go to follow-up appointments to have his eyes checked regularly.

Jairon’s mother says, “I am so grateful because by ourselves this surgery would not have been posible. Thank you so much for the support.”

Jairon underwent a successful strabismus surgery. His eyes are healing after the operation, and Jairon's mother reports that he is healthy, ...

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February 20, 2018

Jairon is a young boy from Guatemala. He lives with his parents and siblings in Guatemala’s rural western highlands. Jairon loves to spend his time playing with the other children in his village and eating his favorite foods: eggs and beans.

Jairon has strabismus, a condition that occurs when the eyes do not align in the same direction and appear crossed. Symptoms of strabismus include double vision, uncoordinated eye movements, fatigue, headache, and loss of vision or depth perception. Jairon was born with an advanced strabismus, and therefore has always had difficulties seeing. He also often feels bad about his condition because other children make fun of him for it. If left untreated, Jairon’s vision could be permanently damaged and irreparable.

Fortunately, Jairon will receive strabismus correction surgery on February 20. He will receive consultation with a trusted eye specialist before and after surgery, and he will be accompanied by one of our medical partner’s staff members throughout the entire process. The surgery itself is fairly simple and requires just a day or two in the hospital.

Now, our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is requesting $1,500 to fund this treatment. Jairon will be able to see clearly for the first time in his life, and he will feel happier and more confident.

Jairon’s mother says, “I want my son to receive this operation so that he can be like other children and then they won’t make fun of him anymore. I thank you for this help. May God bless you.”

Jairon is a young boy from Guatemala. He lives with his parents and siblings in Guatemala's rural western highlands. Jairon loves to spend h...

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Jairon's Timeline

  • February 20, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 20, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Jairon 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.

  • February 20, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Jairon's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 28, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Jairon's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 2, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Jairon's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 27 donors

Funded by 27 donors

Treatment
Strabismus Correction Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,500 for Jairon'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?

Strabismus is sometimes called a ‘lazy eye’ or ‘cross-eye’ and is a condition in which both eyes cannot be fixed on the same point. This is a common eye condition, the symptoms of which include crossed eyes, double vision, eyes that do not align in the same direction, uncoordinated eye movements, fatigue, headache, and loss of vision or depth perception. People may also experience stigma from others.

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

Having poor vision can make it difficult for a child to study, putting job prospects in danger, and majorly impact quality of life. People often face stigma or shame for this problem.

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

Getting treatment for this a problem is much more difficult Guatemala than in the US. The prevalence is likely the same.

  • 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. 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 and relieves stigma, 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, especially in younger children. Vision is saved.

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 for example through the public system. There are several good private clinics, but the very high cost of treatment keeps people from getting care.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are not many alternatives. Specialists and treatments are readily available in urban centers – if you can pay for them.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.