Clinic Blog: 2011 Mexico Clinic Blog
May 25, 2011
One Sight Mexico - Day 2: clinic opens and welcomes 1,487 patients
At 7.30am sharp the team was ready to leave, and super-ready for the opening of the clinic. After yesterday's set up and training, we were all ready for ACTION!
When we got to the clinic, the site was already alive with governmental officials and local personalities invited to the opening ceremony. The global success of One Sight is also based on partnerships with key local associations, and the ceremony was the perfect occasion for all partners to meet. As soon as the last applause ended, we all jumped on our feet, eager to have the patients moving ahead - some of them had already been waiting for hours.
From then on, not a minute went by without a patient being visited, a pair of frame donated or a smile being gifted. We could start telling all the individual stories of the 1,487 patients visited today, and each team member would have a favourite memory to share - and maybe a tear or two to hide.... we want to start sharing a few, more and more each day.
Among the hundreds of patients, we met 5 year olds getting their first pairs, mothers coming with their children, older ladies and gentlemen finally seeing clearly in their 80s... at the end, it is never too early or to late to see clearly. At the end, all the patients in line met with passionate volunteers that continued to work well past sunset to bring the gift of sight. Eventually, every patients walked out with a pair of sunglasses and, whem in need a pair of optical. Some of the most serious cases, got medical referral and will be treated in the next months by local doctors.
To see with your eyes a sample of todays stories, please refer to attached images. And if you have comment and/or questions on what you read...you know where to find us!