ChOSEN medical personnel performed advanced eye surgery on 504 indigent Mexican
individuals during a five-day medical initiative organized at the Vision Institute of La Carlota
Hospital in Montemorelos, Nuevo Leon, Mexico from July 30-August 6, 2016. Patients arrived
from communities in the states of Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, Sinaloa, Sonora, Oaxaca, Vera Cruz,
and the surrounding territories of Mexico City.
Eye surgeries performed included 407 phacoemulsification procedures with intraocular lens
implantation, 94 pars plana vitrectomy procedures, and 3 small incision extracapsular cataract
surgeries. Pathology treated included advanced age-related cataracts, traumatic cataracts,
tractional retinal detachments, vitreous hemorrhages, rhegmatogenous retinal detachments,
epiretinal membranes, posterior uveitis and macular holes.
ChOSEN provided the USA board-certified ophthalmologists and their highly trained medical
staff as volunteers, as well as the premium surgical materials and equipment necessary to give
each patient the highest chance for an excellent surgical outcome at no cost to the patient.
Christian evangelists worked diligently proclaiming Jesus Christ as Lord, and more than 600
Spanish Bibles were distributed to patients and their family members. Several local Mexican
congregations sent church members to provide patients and their families with food during the
The hard-work of the 5 ophthalmologists, 14 technical assistants, 6 support staff and 3 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 ChOSEN project an
amazing achievement and an enormous blessing to the visually-impaired poor of Mexico.