Overview for March 2019 Project

ChOSEN volunteers performed 556 eye surgeries on indigent Mexican patients during a five-day medical initiative organized at the Vision Institute of La Carlota Hospital in Montemorelos, Nuevo Leon, Mexico from March 9-16, 2019. Patients arrived from communities in the states of Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, Vera Cruz, Coahuila, and Chihuahua. 

Eye surgeries performed included 380 phacoemulsification procedures, 90 small-incision extracapuslar cataract extraction surgeries, and 86 pars plana vitrectomy procedures. Pathology treated included advanced age-related cataracts, traumatic cataracts, tractional retinal detachments, vitreous hemorrhages, rhegmatogenous retinal detachments, retained 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 distributed Spanish Bibles.

The hard-work of the 4 ophthalmologists, 12 technical assistants, 4 support staff and 2 Christian evangelists from Texas, Maine, Oklahoma, 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 2019 Project

Mckesson products – 600

Aurolab Cataract supplies (viscoelastic and IOL) – 7,800

Stellaris Retina – 6,400

Alcon Retina – 14,000

Miscellaneous products to complete donation materials (syringes, gloves, gowns, etc.) - 2,400

Medical Supply Total –    $31,200


Airfare – 16,500

Custom broker charge – 3,500

Food/lodgings – 14,600

Bibles – 300

U-haul/hotel/food/airfare to transport materials – 2,300

Travel Total – 37,200

Total Project - $ 68,400