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Cindy from Guatemala raised $1,485 to restore her sight.

Cindy
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Fully funded
Cindy's treatment was fully funded on September 1, 2015.

Photo of Cindy post-operation

October 19, 2015

Cindy received treatment to restore her sight.

“Cindy’s surgery was a success. Although the glaucoma in her right eye was beyond treatment, the cataract in her left eye has been removed, giving her clear vision for the first time in years,” explains our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK).

“Cindy was so excited to see her sister when she came out of surgery, she almost took off the patch that was protecting her eye post-op. After hearing that she had to keep it on to let her eye heal, Cindy replied, ‘I don’t want to, but I guess I could wait a little longer.’”

“We accompanied Cindy two weeks after surgery to her post-op visit and we are happy to report that she can now see clearly in left eye, and feels hopeful for the future. Thanks to Watsi donor support, Cindy will be able to work to support her family, and her sister will be able to attend school instead of constantly needing to care for Cindy,” WK adds.

Upon looking at her sister and seeing her clearly for the first time in years, Cindy exclaims, “She is so beautiful. She is my sister.”

"Cindy's surgery was a success. Although the glaucoma in her right eye was beyond treatment, the cataract in her left eye has been removed, ...

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August 8, 2015

Meet Cindy, a 13-year-old girl who lives with her parents and five siblings in Guatemala.

“Cindy is unable to see because she has glaucoma in her right eye, and phthisis bulbi and a cataract in her left eye,” explains our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK).

The most urgent of these conditions is phthisis bulbi, in which trauma, infection, or inflammation causes irreversible scarring and hardening of the eyeball. “Phthisis bulbi in Cindy’s left eye is threatening to permanently render her eye as non-functional,” reports WK.

“Cindy has never been to school due to her eye condition but has a strong desire to learn,” WK adds. “Her neighbor is helping her develop her motor skills so she can eventually learn to write.” Cindy’s older sister acts as her primary caregiver and companion.

Cindy’s family does not own any land, and they cannot afford to pay for her care. With $1485 in funding, however, Cindy will undergo eye surgery to halt vision loss in her left eye and restore vision in her right eye.

“Without this surgery, she will lose all ability to see, thus decreasing her ability to work as well as severely lowering her quality of life,” explains WK.

After surgery, “Cindy will be able to see clearly in one eye, which will make it easier for her to learn and have a shot at going to school,” shares WK. “Above all, Cindy’s quality of life will dramatically improve as she becomes more able to observe the world around her.”

“I would love to see my sister—see her face clearly and say ‘thank you,’” says Cindy.

Meet Cindy, a 13-year-old girl who lives with her parents and five siblings in Guatemala. “Cindy is unable to see because she has glaucom...

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Cindy's Timeline

  • August 8, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Cindy was submitted by Katia Cnop, Watsi Account Volunteer at Wuqu’ Kawoq, our medical partner in Guatemala.

  • August 14, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Cindy received treatment. 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 22, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Cindy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 01, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    Cindy's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 19, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Cindy. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

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