ChOSEN volunteers performed advanced eye surgery on 537 impoverished Mexican individuals during a five-day medical initiative organized at the Vision Institute of La Carlota Hospital in Montemorelos, Nuevo Leon, Mexico from February 11-18, 2017. Patients arrived from communities in the states of Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosi, Morelos and Vera Cruz.

Eye surgeries performed included 420 phacoemulsification procedures, 59 small-incision extracapuslar cataract extraction surgeries and 58 pars plana vitrectomy procedures. Pathology treated included advanced age-related cataracts, traumatic cataracts, tractional retinal detachments, vitreous hemorrhages, rhegmatogenous retinal detachments, removal of lens fragments, vitreomacular traction 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. Local Mexican congregations sent church members to provide patients and their families with food during the project.

The hard-work of the 5 ophthalmologists, 16 technical assistants, 3 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 project a remarkable success and a tremendous blessing to the visually-impaired poor of Mexico.      


Total Cost for February 2017 Project

Mckesson products – 6,540

Alcon Custom Cataract pack – 16,000

Alcon IOL – 16,400

ICG/Occucoat – 1,200

Alcon Retina – 10,621.50

Airfare – 12,478

Customs broker charge – 10,000

Food/lodgings – 12,000

Bibles – 446

U-haul/hotel/food/airfare to transport materials – 2000

Total Project - $87,685