Overview for November 2018 Project
ChOSEN volunteers performed 452 eye surgeries on indigent Mexican individuals during a five-day project organized at the Vision Institute of La Carlota Hospital in Montemorelos, Nuevo Leon, Mexico from November 4-8, 2018. Patients arrived from communities in the states of Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosi, Vera Cruz, Coahuila, and Chihuahua.
Eye surgeries performed included 337 phacoemulsification procedures, 36 small-incision extracapuslar cataract extraction surgeries, and 79 pars plana vitrectomies. Pathology treated included advanced age-related cataracts, traumatic cataracts, tractional retinal detachments, vitreous hemorrhages, rhegmatogenous retinal detachments, macular holes, retained lens fragments, and epiretinal membranes.
ChOSEN ophthalmologists and their 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 outcome. Christian evangelists shared the Gospel with patients and their families, and distributed Spanish Bibles.
The hard-work of the 6 ophthalmologists, 15 technical assistants, 5 support staff and 3 Christian evangelists from Texas, Maine, Washington, North Carolina 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 great success and a tremendous blessing to the visually-impaired poor of Mexico.
Total Cost for November 2018 Project
McKesson products – 2,200
Alcon Custom Cataract pack – 31,000
Miscellaneous products (syringes, sutures, gloves, mayo, etc.) – 4,700
Alcon Retina – 22,400
Airfare - 21,560
Custom broker charge –2,000
Food/lodgings – 13,250
Bibles – 446
U-haul/hotel/food/airfare to transport materials – 2,300
Total Project - $ 100,660