This is a story typical of those we encounter at the Visualiza clinics in Guatemala where Drs. Mariano Yee and Nicolas Yee perform surgeries that save sight for people who, before Visualiza was established, could not afford quality eye care. Funds raised by Climb for Sight participants directly fund procedures like the one Henry received.
Henry is one year and seven months old. Overall, he's a happy little boy who delights in playing with his older sister, although life has been hard for the family since Henry's father left his mother, Maria Eugenia over a year ago.
Maria Eugenia is a good friend of Irene who works at the Visualiza clinic. One day when Irene was over at Maria Eugenia's house, she noticed that Henry had a bump on his eye. She lifted his eyelid to find a large tumor-like growth that was causing his eyelid to bulge.
Irene asked Maria Eugenia what had happened to her son. She replied that it had started when Henry was just 8 months old. She had taken him to the doctor who said it was a tumor. She worried about it every day, but confessed that she couldn't afford to do anything about it.
Children under the age of 14 receive free eye care at the Visualiza eye clinic. So after some convincing, Maria Eugenia agreed to bring Henry into the clinic.
At the clinic, Henry was diagnosed with granuloma which is not a tumor but inflammation of the tissue that has many possible causes like infection or the presence of small foreign matter. Dr. Nicolas Yee removed the granuloma and Maria Eugenia took her son home, satisfied and without reason to continue to worry Henry's eye.