ChOSEN volunteers performed 473 high-quality eye surgeries on impoverished Mexican individuals during a five-day medical initiative organized at the Vision Institute of La Carlota Hospital in Montemorelos, Nuevo Leon, Mexico from December 2-9, 2017. Patients arrived from communities in the states of Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosi, Vera Cruz, Coahuila, Chihuahua, and the capital zone of Mexico City.

Eye surgeries performed included 300 phacoemulsification procedures, 108 small-incision extracapuslar cataract extraction surgeries, 63 pars plana vitrectomy procedures and 2 ptyregium removals. Pathology treated included advanced age-related cataracts, traumatic cataracts, ptyregiums, tractional retinal detachments, vitreous hemorrhages, rhegmatogenous retinal detachments, 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, 13 technical assistants, 4 support staff and 4 Christian evangelists from Texas, California, Maine, Washington, Illinois 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 December 2017 Project

Mckesson products – 4,118.90

Alcon Custom Cataract pack – 6,640

Intraocular lenses –  13,500

Miscellaneous products to complete donation materials (syringes, gloves, mayo, etc.) – 1,335.17 (catheters), 1000 (gowns)

ICG/Occucoat – ICG/Occucoat – 1,200

Alcon Retina – 14,162

Airfare  -- 17,637

Custom broker charge – 4,500

Food/lodgings – 13,000

Bibles – 446

U-haul/hotel/food/airfare to transport materials – 2300

Total Project - $ 78,838