Key-Whitman Ophthalmic Team Has Life-Changing Experience in Guatemala

Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 17-Feb-2012

Guatemala photo 1“There is so much need in the world. We cannot help everyone but we can start with one patient at a time” – Dr. Jorge Corona.


Earlier this month, The Key-Whitman ophthalmic team made up of Dr. Jorge Corona, Nurse Joaquin Ramirez, and Tech Bobi Mata returned from their medical mission trip with HELPS International in San Cristóbal,Guatemala with changed hearts and stories to tell.

“It was by far the most incredible trip of my life!” said Tech Bobi Mata. “We worked harder than I have ever worked before. I really cannot express how much this medical mission trip changed my life. I met so many incredible, kind-hearted people not just from the HELPS team but from every Guatemalan who received us.”

In Guatemala, the Key-Whitman team joined eighty-five other medical professionals from all over America to perform patient examinations and ophthalmic surgeries for those in need of care in this rural, indigenous part of the country.

Guatemala photo 2Taken out of the familiar and technologically sound environment at Key-Whitman Eye Center, it took our team a couple of days to become accustomed to the Guatemalan hospital where they worked and stayed.

Guatemala photo 4In the eye clinic alone, the group saw over 230 patients and performed over 33 surgeries, working 14 to 17 hour surgery days. Though the conditions proved a challenge, the appreciation from patients and their families made everything worthwhile for the hardworking team.

“A candy bar and a stuffed animal for the kids after surgery created a glowing smile that made the long hours worthwhile,” said Nurse Joaquin. “This experience is something that fills the heart in every way.”

The team was so moved by their trip and the lives they were able to change that they are already thinking about planning another medical mission trip with HELPS International for next year.

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