This weekend, an ophthalmic surgical team from Key-Whitman Eye Center consisting of
Dr. Jorge Corona, Nurse Joaquin Ramirez, and Tech Bobi Mata, will be heading to San Cristóbal,
Guatemala to participate in a medical mission trip with
HELPS International. They will be joining a team of eighty-five doctors, nurses and medical
professionals from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and across the nation.
Through the program the team will work to alleviate medical problems in
Guatemala's rural indigenous areas surrounding San Cristóbal
by performing surgeries and patient examinations. They will also have
the opportunity to work with the community to replace dangerous open fire
pits, also know as “three-stone cooking fires,” commonly used
in one-room homes with
ONIL stoves. ONIL stoves are an efficient alternative that help eliminate many of
the hazards associated with open flame cooking.
When the team arrives in San Cristóbal on Sunday, they will begin
setting up a clinic in front of the local hospital. There they will begin
to triage patients, and prepare them for various ophthalmic procedures
including cataract surgeries, skin grafts, tumor excisions, wound repairs,
enucleations of eyes and fitting for prosthetics. The team’s goal
for the trip is to perform a total of one hundred surgeries, fifty of
which will be dedicated to restoring vision that has been lost or impaired
Check out the video below from Dr. Jorge Corona's 2010 medical mission
trip with HELPS International
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