“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.
Taken 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.
In 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
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.
Key-Whitman changes lives!