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Success! Victor from Guatemala raised $1,500 for vision-restoring cataract surgery.

Victor
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Victor's treatment was fully funded on September 23, 2016.

Photo of Victor post-operation

April 10, 2017

Victor received successful vision-restoring cataract surgery.

Victor received cataract and retina reconstruction surgery in August and has recuperated. The surgery improved his eyesight so dramatically that he can now help out around the house. Our medical partner is continuing to treat Victor to prevent any further complications. This surgery was a life-changing intervention for Victor that is enabling him to pursue education and provide for his family.

Victor shares that now he is able to work, saying, “I can do it more easily now that I can see better.”

Victor received cataract and retina reconstruction surgery in August and has recuperated. The surgery improved his eyesight so dramatically ...

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August 16, 2016

Victor is 16 years old, and lives with his parents and four siblings in a rural community in the mountains of Guatemala. His father suffers from End Stage Renal Disease and is too weak to work. This means that Victor’s family is dependent on him to work, but with his vision nearly non-existent, he has had a hard time working as a shoe polisher. His mother works weaving traditional Mayan textiles, which she sells to other women in the community. Although his mother works hard, they barely have enough money to pay for food for the family, making a complex and expensive surgery impossible for them to afford.

Victor has previously received funding for his care for a congenital deformity. He has since recovered, but complications from a rare genetic disorder means that he still has several problems that require treatment. Our medical team suspects that he has Marfan’s Syndrome, which is known to affect the eyes and cause cataracts. He has had vision problems since he was very young, but his family has never had the resources to take him to a doctor–since few doctors in rural areas are equipped to evaluate and treat eye disorders. Now, at 16, he is nearly blind and has had to stop going to school.

This treatment will change not only Victor’s life, but allow him to work and provide for his siblings and ailing father. He will receive a complex surgery to fix his cataracts, along with transportation to and from he hospital, lodging for him and his family near the hospital while he recovers, and all follow-up treatment.

Victor shared: “I know the promise that I have made for my family, and that is why I want to see well so I can work and continue in school. It’s very important.”

Victor is 16 years old, and lives with his parents and four siblings in a rural community in the mountains of Guatemala. His father suffers ...

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Victor's Timeline

  • August 16, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Victor was submitted by Jessica Hawkins at Wuqu’ Kawoq.

  • August 16, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Victor 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.

  • September 8, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Victor's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 23, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Victor's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 10, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Victor's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

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