Clinic Blog: 2011 Paraguay Clinic Blog
July 20, 2011
Today started out with cloudy skies and rain as the team headed for the clinic site. The rain kept some of the scheduled groups from coming due to the dirt roads becoming washed out so it was not quite as busy as we had hoped. After a rousing cheer from Lee Canup our team started to welcome the first people of the day.
We are paired with vision Outreach International on this clinic and the team members have been afforded an opportunity to travel to the local hospital and watch the VOI team perform cataract surgery on patients. About 35 people are scheduled per day based on the doctors recommendations. Watching the surgery was informative and gave all of us a chance to marvel at the skill of the doctors.
Although today was a cold day, we came across a young man named Jose. Jose is 27 years old with a -9.00 rx. He could only views things a few inches off his face. Luckily, one of our team members, Carol donated glasses that belonged to her daughter. Jose could now see our faces and his smile was so wide. He does not know how to read and we assume it is because he never wore glasses before in order to see his studies to learn how to read. Can you imagine not seeing peoples faces for your entire life and now being able to see the people you talk to.