Overview for August 2018 Project

ChOSEN volunteers performed 625 eye surgeries on indigent Mexican individuals during a five-day project organized at the Vision Institute of La Carlota Hospital in Montemorelos, Nuevo Leon, Mexico from August 12-16, 2018. Patients arrived from communities in the states of Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosi, Vera Cruz, Coahuila, and Chihuahua.

Eye surgeries performed included 390 phacoemulsification procedures, 100 small-incision extracapuslar cataract extraction surgeries, 115 pars plana vitrectomies and 20 oculoplastic procedures.  Pathology treated included advanced age-related cataracts, traumatic cataracts, tractional retinal detachments, vitreous hemorrhages, rhegmatogenous retinal detachments, macular holes, retained lens fragments, epiretinal membranes, lid tumors, and a variety of eyelid abnormalities.

ChOSEN ophthalmologists and their 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 outcome. Christian evangelists shared the Gospel with patients and their families, and distributed Spanish Bibles.

The hard-work of the 6 ophthalmologists, 15 technical assistants, 4 support staff and 4 Christian evangelists from Texas, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Arkansas 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 great success and a tremendous blessing to the visually-impaired poor of Mexico.  

Total Cost for August 2018 Project

McKesson products – 3,750

Alcon Custom Cataract pack – 26,100

Miscellaneous products to complete donation materials (syringes, sutures, gloves, mayo, etc.) – 5,700

ICG– 500

Alcon Retina – 21,700

Airfare - 21,800

Custom broker charge – 1,725

Food/lodgings – 13,500

Bibles – 446

U-haul/hotel/food/airfare to transport materials – 2,300

Total Project - $ 97,521