Meet another patient

Watsi logo blueWatsi

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

Rosa
100%
  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Rosa's treatment was fully funded on December 14, 2016.

Photo of Rosa post-operation

January 19, 2017

Rosa can see clearly again.

She can now see things that she has not been able to see for almost a decade. She can recognize people and see things both near and far. She is absolutely thrilled with how her life has changed in the few weeks since the surgery.

“Now I have very good vision,” says Rosa. “Thanks to that, I can do many things, like read the Bible without glasses. Thank you for the support that you gave me.”

She can now see things that she has not been able to see for almost a decade. She can recognize people and see things both near and far. She...

Read more
October 8, 2016

Rosa is a 72-year-old woman from Guatemala. Three years ago, she fell and hit her head. The trauma caused a cataract to form in her right eye, severely limiting her vision. She saw black spots and was sensitive to the sun and bright lights, so leaving the house caused her extreme discomfort. Without treatment, she risked worsening vision and even blindness.

Rosa has two daughters. She lives alone and supports herself by washing clothes and selling ice from her house. She loves to embroider, but her impaired vision has made this activity difficult.

On October 8, Rosa underwent surgery with our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq. This treatment should restore Rosa’s vision, and she will be able to embroider again. Now, she needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure.

“You all are angels for me because I have been praying for some way to get this surgery,” she says. “I am so happy now that my vision will improve and I will be able to continue with my favorite activities.”

Rosa is a 72-year-old woman from Guatemala. Three years ago, she fell and hit her head. The trauma caused a cataract to form in her right ey...

Read more

Rosa's Timeline

  • October 8, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Rosa was submitted by Jessica Hawkins at Wuqu’ Kawoq.

  • October 8, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Rosa 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.

  • November 18, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Rosa's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 14, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Rosa's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 19, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Rosa's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

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

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.