Wai Linn received surgery to treat his congenital corneal scarring and help his restore vision.
Wai Linn’s surgery went well and he is adapting to his improved vision with gusto. His mother reports that when Wai Linn first returned from the hospital she would constantly catch him staring at his hands and playing with them. He is now able to see his toys and grab them when they fall, and is always wandering around and exploring.
Our medical partner shared this photo of Wai Linn and his grandmother at a follow-up appointment. When Wai Linn saw her for the first time after surgery, his eyes lit up and he kept touching her face, excited as he could see her clearly for the first time.
Wai Linn’s mother says that she is so grateful to see how much her son’s condition has improved and that it brings great joy to their family to watch him play and experience things for the first time. She is so excited that he be able to attend school when he is older, and grow up as a happy healthy child.
Wai Linn is a 1-year-old boy from Burma who was born with corneal scarring that makes him nearly blind. In very bright light, he can begin to make out objects, but his lack of vision is already stunting his development and worrying his family.
A $2000 surgery can restore Wai Linn’s sight and give him a shot at a normal life, with education and work prospects like anyone else.
Wai Linn’s grandmother is very worried about him. She and his family sought treatment for him immediately after he was born with white cloudy eyes, but after repeatedly borrowing money to pay for his medical bills, they are now running out of options. Watsi’s Medical Partner says, “she is very emotional, and says that she worries he won’t be able to live a normal life.” Let’s help Wai Linn get the medical care he needs to grow up normally.