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

Mynor
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$1,500
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$0
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Fully funded
Mynor's treatment was fully funded on December 30, 2017.

Photo of Mynor post-operation

August 7, 2017

Mynor underwent eye surgery.

Mynor underwent a successful strabismus surgery. After the operation, his eyes became infected. Fortunately, however, his doctors prescribed him with antibiotics that cleared up the infection. Now Mynor is recuperating well.

Mynor says, “Thank you for having helped me with my eye surgery. I am very happy. It was very painful but I know it is going to be okay. I am very happy.”

Mynor underwent a successful strabismus surgery. After the operation, his eyes became infected. Fortunately, however, his doctors prescribed...

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June 26, 2017

Mynor is an eight-year-old boy who lives with his parents and brother in Guatemala. Mynor’s father works several days a week, and Mynor’s mother contributes to the family income by preparing snacks and other foods for local schools and organizations. Mynor has strabismus. This means his eyes do not align in the same direction, and appear crossed. Mynor has complained of problems with his vision for years. He often has difficulty seeing the blackboard in his classroom, and reading is a struggle. Mynor’s parents are very worried about their son’s eyesight, knowing how difficult it is for Mynor in school. Other symptoms of strabismus include double vision, uncoordinated eye movements, fatigue, headache, and loss of vision or depth perception. If left untreated, Mynor’s vision could be permanently damaged.

Mynor will receive a strabismus surgery on the muscles around his eyes to alter the way they align. As part of his treatment, he will receive a consultation with an eye specialist before and after surgery, and he will be accompanied by a staff member from our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, throughout the entire process. The surgery itself is fairly simple, and requires a day or two in the hospital. With this treatment, Mynor will have healthy eyes for the first time in his life. He will be able to see clearly, which will help him in his studies and impact his life for years to come.

Mynor’s mother says, “I feel a great happiness and gratitude for this amazing support that you are giving to my son. Thank you for helping people like us and for worrying about our health.”

Watsi is requesting $1,500 to fund Mynor’s procedure.

Mynor is an eight-year-old boy who lives with his parents and brother in Guatemala. Mynor’s father works several days a week, and Mynor’s mo...

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Mynor's Timeline

  • June 26, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Mynor was submitted by Hannah Shryer, Complex Care Coordinator/Research Intern at Wuqu’ Kawoq.

  • June 28, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mynor 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.

  • August 3, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mynor's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 7, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mynor's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 30, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mynor's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 31 donors

Funded by 31 donors

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