ChOSEN ophthalmologists and medical staff performed advanced eye surgery on 525 impoverished Mexican individuals during a five-day medical initiative organized at the Vision Institute of La Carlota Hospital in Montemorelos, Nuevo Leon, Mexico from August 2-6, 2015. Patients arrived not only from communities in the state of Nuevo Leon, but also from the states of Tamaulipas, Vera Cruz, Chihuahua and Oaxaca. A group of patients even came from as far off as Huasteca Potosina, located about 300 miles from Montemorelos.
Eye surgeries performed included 468 phacoemulsification procedures with intraocular lens implantation, 53 pars plan vitrectomy procedures, and 4 pterygium excisions. Pathology treated included advanced age-related cataracts, traumatic cataracts, congenital cataracts, tractional retinal detachments, vitreous hemorrhages, rhegmatogenous retinal detachments, epiretinal membranes, macular holes, removal of retained lens fragments after cataract surgery, and pterygiums.
ChOSEN provided not only the USA board-certified ophthalmologists and their highly trained medical staff as volunteers, but also the premium surgical materials and equipment necessary for each operation to attain the best-possible opportunity for an excellent surgical outcome at no cost to the patient. In addition to this, La Carlota Hospital’s health center provided free lodgings and meals for all patients who needed to stay overnight.
Christian evangelists worked tirelessly proclaiming the name of Jesus Christ, and 640 Spanish Bibles were distributed to patients and their family members. Several local Mexican congregations sent church members to pray with patients and their families as well as bring them food during the project.
The hard-work of the 7 ophthalmologists and 22 technical assistants, medical staff and Christian evangelists from Texas and Louisiana who left their families and jobs to volunteer for this project, as well as the monetary gifts from ChOSEN donors, made this ChOSEN project a tremendous success and an immense blessing to the visually-impaired poor.