ChOSEN medical personnel performed advanced eye surgery on 241 impoverished Mexican individuals during a three-day medical initiative organized at the Vision Institute of La Carlota Hospital in Montemorelos, Nuevo Leon, Mexico from February 6-10, 2016. Patients arrived not only from communities in the state of Nuevo Leon, but also from the states of Tamaulipas and Vera Cruz, as well as the surrounding areas of Mexico City, located more than 20 hours by bus from Montemorelos.

Eye surgeries performed included 178 phacoemulsification procedures with intraocular lens implantation, 30 pars plana vitrectomy procedures, and 33 small incision cataract surgeries. Pathology treated included advanced age-related cataracts, traumatic cataracts, congenital cataracts, tractional retinal detachments, vitreous hemorrhages, rhegmatogenous retinal detachments, epiretinal membranes, and macular holes.

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 meals and housing for all patients who needed an overnight stay. 

Christian evangelists worked diligently proclaiming Jesus Christ as Lord, and more than 250 Spanish Bibles were disseminated to patients and their family members. Several local Mexican congregations sent church members to provide patients and their families with food during the project.

The hard-work of the 3 ophthalmologists, 9 technical assistants, 2 support staff and 4 Christian evangelists from Texas, California 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 an extraordinary success and an enormous blessing to the visually-impaired poor of Mexico.