ChOSEN volunteers performed advanced eye surgery on 619 impoverished Mexican individuals during a five-day medical initiative organized at the Vision Institute of La Carlota Hospital in Montemorelos, Nuevo Leon, Mexico from July 29-August 5, 2017. Patients arrived from communities in the states of Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosi, Vera Cruz, Coahuila, Chihuahua, Zacatecas and Mexico City.
Eye surgeries performed included 471 phacoemulsification procedures, 58 small-incision extracapuslar cataract extraction surgeries and 90 pars plana vitrectomy procedures. Pathology treated included advanced age-related cataracts, traumatic cataracts, tractional retinal detachments, vitreous hemorrhages, rhegmatogenous retinal detachments, removal of lens fragments, vitreomacular traction, macular holes and epiretinal membranes.
ChOSEN ophthalmologists and their highly trained medical staff worked as volunteers and ChOSEN provided the premium surgical materials and equipment necessary to give each patient the greatest opportunity for an excellent surgical outcome at no cost to the patient. Christian evangelists shared the Gospel with patients and their families, and more than 600 Spanish Bibles were distributed.
The hard-work of the 5 ophthalmologists, 14 technical assistants, 6 support staff and 4 Christian evangelists from Texas, California and Florida who left their families and jobs to volunteer for this project, as well as the monetary gifts from ChOSEN donors, made this project a remarkable success and a tremendous blessing to the visually-impaired poor of Mexico.
Total Cost for August 2017 Project
Mckesson products – 5,116
Alcon Custom Cataract pack – 2,500
Alcon IOL – 2,500
Miscellaneous products to complete donation materials (syringes, gloves, mayo, etc.) – 1,500
ICG/Occucoat – 1,660
Alcon Retina – 14,000
Stellaris Retina – 7,000
B & L CX5710 Viscous Fluid Pack - 500
Airfare - 19,600
Customs broker charge – 12,000
Bibles – 446
U-haul/hotel/food/airfare to transport materials – 2000
Total Project - $ 75,760