ChOSEN volunteers performed advanced eye surgery on 214 impoverished Mexican individuals during a four-day medical initiative organized at the Institute de la Vision in Cunduacán, Tabasco, Mexico from April 22-26, 2017. Patients arrived from communities in the states of Tabasco, Chiapas, and Vera Cruz.
Eye surgeries performed included 190 phacoemulsification procedures and 24 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, 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 400 Spanish Bibles were distributed.
The hard-work of the 3 ophthalmologists, 8 technical assistants, 4 support staff and 2 Christian evangelists from Texas, California and Nuevo Leon 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 southern Mexico.
Total Cost for April 2017 Project
Mckesson products – 3,293
Alcon Custom Cataract pack – 14,140
Alcon IOL – 9,840
Miscellaneous products to complete donation materials – 2,000
ICG/Occucoat – 670
Alcon Retina – 10,000
Extra Retina (syringes, gloves, mayo, etc.) – 500
Airfare – 11,240
Custom broker charge – 5,200
Food/lodgings – 6,800
Bibles – 300
U-haul/hotel/food/airfare to transport materials – 2000
Total Project - $ 65,983