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Success! Josue from Guatemala raised $1,500 for eye surgery.

  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
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Josue's treatment was fully funded on November 9, 2016.

Photo of Josue post-operation

December 13, 2016

Josue successfully received eye surgery.

Josue is recovering well since he had surgery to correct his strabismus. He did not have any complications and doctors think that his surgery was a total success! Doctors say that his strabismus was completely corrected–he is now able to focus both eyes at once on objects, no longer has double vision, and he will now have healthy vision for the rest of his life! Josue said to send a ‘kiss’ to all the donors.

His mother said, “We are so happy with how he is doing now. Thank you so much for your help.”

Josue is recovering well since he had surgery to correct his strabismus. He did not have any complications and doctors think that his surger...

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October 8, 2016

Josue is a five-year-old boy who lives with his parents and brothers. His father works in a grocery store, and his mother works at home taking care of Josue and his siblings. Josue’s mother is pregnant, so he loves to talk to his mother’s belly, he says he gets kicks in return.

Josue is suffering from severe strabismus (misalignment of the eyes), which requires surgery to repair. Since he cannot control the direction of both of his eyes, he has double vision and a hard time with depth perception. His mother is worried that he will not be able to attend school if he does not have his strabismus repaired, and is fearful that he will never be able to read or play sports with the other kids. Although his parents work hard to give Josue the best they can, they cannot afford an expensive surgery like Josue’s.

$1,500 will cover the costs of the surgery and care Josue needs to correct his strabismus. This will give Josue improved vision, allowing him to be more independent. His mother will no longer have to worry if he will be able to attend school, read, or play with the other children once his strabismus is corrected.

Josue’s parents said, “We feel a great satisfaction to be able to get our son into surgery. We are very appreciative for the support, since it will help our little one grow up with good self-esteem.”

Josue is a five-year-old boy who lives with his parents and brothers. His father works in a grocery store, and his mother works at home taki...

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Josue's Timeline

  • October 8, 2016

    Josue was submitted by Jessica Hawkins at Wuqu’ Kawoq.

  • October 8, 2016

    Josue 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.

  • October 11, 2016

    Josue's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 9, 2016

    Josue's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 13, 2016

    Josue's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 22 donors

Funded by 22 donors

Strabismus Correction Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,500 for Josue's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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Chit Htun

Chit Htun is a 21-year-old man from Burma. He lives with his mother and two younger sisters and a younger brother. His father is deceased and his mother is a homemaker. She takes care of the household and her children. All of his younger siblings are students, while Chit Htun and his eldest sister are doing an online general education diploma. Chit Htun has two aunts who help the family financially as they can. He also has a former teacher who is able to contribute some money consistently to the family. This normally has been enough to cover the family’s basic necessities but since the February 2021 coup, prices have increased significantly and there is not always enough money to pay for food. Sometimes the family has free meals at the local monastery. Chit Htun was born with spina bifida as well as hydrocephalus at the Maternal and Child Hospital in Myawaddy in Burma and when he was just over a month old, he had a stent inserted in his brain to control hydrocephalus. He has multiple conditions arising from the spina bifida, including bilateral atrophy to his lower legs with club feet, a neurogenic bladder requiring a suprapubic catheter, a neurogenic bowel requiring a colostomy, along with scoliosis. Despite the number of surgeries he has undergone, and the pain he endures, he is a pleasant and engaging young man, thoughtful and independent. In Oct 2021, Chit Htun fell down from some stairs at his home. Though there was no loss of consciousness at the time, he hit his head with the fall. Since that time, he has been experiencing headaches and dizziness with occasional loss of consciousness. His mother brought him to the hospital in Yangon and a scan showed that the original shunt was in place. A second shunt was inserted, and it appeared to help with the loss of consciousness, but headaches and dizziness continued to be a problem. After the second shunt was cleared of partial blockage, Chit Htun still continued to have headaches and dizziness and then in October, he had a seizure, accompanied by nausea and vomiting. His family cannot afford to go for further investigation and treatment so that they came to Mae Tao Clinic across the border in Mae Sot, Thailand. Doctors want Chit Htun to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose his condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Chit Htun's CT scan and care, scheduled for November 28th. Chit Htun said, “My condition is interrupting my education and my future. When I always have to stop my studies for treatment, it makes it difficult to continue.”

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