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Success! Ramon from Guatemala raised $1,500 to fund cataract removal surgery.

Ramon
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Ramon's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Ramon post-operation

April 12, 2017

Ramon underwent cataract removal surgery.

Ramon successfully received cataract surgery in March. He’s recovered well and is relieved to have his vision improved so dramatically.

Ramon shares, “I am calm and happy, because I did not lose my vision. I can see very well, and I owe that to you all. Thank you very much for your help.”

Ramon successfully received cataract surgery in March. He's recovered well and is relieved to have his vision improved so dramatically. R...

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March 3, 2017

Ramon has worked as a farmer for most of his life, but due to his age and deteriorating eyesight, he is finding it very hard to continue working.

Ramon has been diagnosed with complicated cataracts. The clouding of the lenses in his eyes makes it difficult for Ramon to see clearly. Without surgical intervention, Ramon is at risk of going completely blind.

Ramon has been scheduled for surgery on March 4. The total costs of the surgery will come to $1,500. This will also cover specialized medical evaluation by an ophthalmologist (eye specialist), travel to and from the hospital, and pre- and post-operative care. Ramon cannot pay for the surgery alone, so our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK), is asking for donations.

Ramon’s surgery will give him back his independence and freedom so he can continue to work and take care of himself. Ramon shares with WK, “With all of my heart I thank you for your help. May God bless you and your families, always!”

Ramon has worked as a farmer for most of his life, but due to his age and deteriorating eyesight, he is finding it very hard to continue wor...

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Ramon's Timeline

  • March 3, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Ramon was submitted by Cate Hendren, Complex Care Coordinator at Wuqu’ Kawoq.

  • March 4, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ramon 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.

  • March 20, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ramon's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 12, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ramon's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ramon's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Complicated Cataracts
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,500 for Ramon'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?

Cataracts cause clouded, blurred, or dim vision, decreased night vision, sensitivity to light, seeing 'halos' around lights, double vision, and decreased color vision. This is a common eye condition which causes or threatens to cause blindness or otherwise majorly impact productivity and quality of life.

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

Low vision is a problem anywhere in the world. In Guatemala it is a massive problem, because people depend on their eyesight to be able to work. Losing vision can end a career, ruin a family’s financial security, and majorly impact quality of life.

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

Uncontrolled medical conditions definitely predispose someone to getting cataracts, for example.

  • 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 2-3 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?

Complications and risks associated with this surgery are rare, but include: infection in the eye (endophthalmitis), swelling and fluid in the center of the nerve layer (cystoid macular edema), swelling of the clear covering of the eye (corneal edema), bleeding in the front of the eye (hyphema), and detachment of the nerve layer at the back of the eye (retinal detachment).

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. With financing from Watsi, our medical partner can overcome this barrier for their patients.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are not many alternatives. Specialists and treatments are available in urban centers if a patient can pay for them. People who can’t pay do not have available treatments.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.