Key-Whitman Ophthalmic Team Heads to Guatemala to Provide Medical Aid

Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 9-Jan-2012

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 by cataracts.

Check out the video below from Dr. Jorge Corona's 2010 medical mission trip with HELPS International


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