ChOSEN volunteers performed 620 high-quality eye surgeries on indigent Mexican individuals during a five-day medical initiative organized at the Vision Institute of La Carlota Hospital in Montemorelos, Nuevo Leon, Mexico from March 17-24, 2018. 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 415 phacoemulsification procedures, 95 small-incision extracapuslar cataract extraction surgeries, 110 pars plana vitrectomy procedures and 2 ptyregium removals. This was the largest number of retina cases performed during a ChOSEN project to date. 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 distributed Spanish Bibles.
The hard-work of the 6 ophthalmologists, 16 technical assistants, 4 support staff and 4 Christian evangelists from Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, 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 March 2018 Project
Mckesson products – 3,700
Alcon Custom Cataract pack – 10,880
Intraocular lenses – 8,200
Miscellaneous products to complete donation materials (syringes, gloves, mayo, etc.) – 2,860
ICG/Occucoat – 500
Alcon Retina – 14,200
B&L Retina – 7,540
Airfare -- 21,054
Custom broker charge – 7,000
Food/lodgings – 13,000
Bibles – 446
U-haul/hotel/food/airfare to transport materials – 2300
Total Project - $ 91,900