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Success! Rachel from Guatemala raised $1,500 to fund eye surgery.

Rachel
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Rachel's treatment was fully funded on January 8, 2018.

Photo of Rachel post-operation

August 15, 2017

Rachel underwent eye surgery.

Rachel underwent a successful surgery to correct her strabismus. Rachel is recovering well under the watchful care of her mother at home. We are confident that Rachel will recuperate well and be able to see clearly for the first time in her short life.

Rachel’s mother says, “I am so grateful and happy for all that you have done for my daughter. With the resources I have I would not have been able to do all of this for her.”

Rachel underwent a successful surgery to correct her strabismus. Rachel is recovering well under the watchful care of her mother at home. We...

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July 4, 2017

Rachel is a two-year-old girl from Guatemala who lives with her parents and younger sister. She is an active girl and adores playing with her younger sister and their dolls. Rachel also loves to eat her favorite foods, which are watermelon and chicken soup.

Rachel has strabismus—a condition in which the eyes do not align in the same direction and appear crossed. Symptoms of strabismus include double vision, uncoordinated eye movements, headaches, and loss of vision or depth perception. If left untreated, Rachel’s vision could suffer irreparable damage.

Throughout her short life, Rachel has already had to receive treatment for malnutrition, physical and speech therapy, leg-lengthening orthotic braces, and glasses. Because of the severity of her eye condition, our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is requesting $1,500 to fund Rachel’s eye surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 4 and will involve consultations with a trusted eye specialist before and after surgery. Following treatment, Rachel will have healthy eyes for the first time in her life.

Rachel’s mother says, “I dream for my daughter to have more opportunities in her life. I hope that she can study in a university.”

Rachel is a two-year-old girl from Guatemala who lives with her parents and younger sister. She is an active girl and adores playing with he...

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Rachel's Timeline

  • July 4, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Rachel was submitted by Hannah Shryer, Complex Care Coordinator/Research Intern at Wuqu’ Kawoq, our medical partner in Guatemala.

  • July 04, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Rachel received treatment at Intituto Panamericano. 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 10, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Rachel's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 15, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Rachel's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 08, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Rachel's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 23 donors

Funded by 23 donors

Treatment
Strabismus Correction Surgery
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,500 for Rachel'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?

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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.