Today I will share two stories from surgeries that were done yesterday at Boa Vista that touched my heart deeply. This work would not be possible without the generous support of readers like you. So read, reflect and give thanks to God because He is still in the business of performing miracles and transforming lives of individuals.
1. Joaquina is 45 years old and lives in Luanda. She is blind in both eyes from cataracts and she has severe leg deformities from the polio she suffered as a child.
However, thanks to a generous donation of a modern cataract surgery machine (thank you Chris and Steve) I said yes we can help!
I performed a perfect phacoemulsification surgery on her right eye yesterday and this is the sight I was greeted with today as I entered Boa Vista.
We are now running a successful phacoemulsification program in addition to our manual cataract surgery. Effectively expanding our capacity to help the greatest numbers of people and blessing me with the ability to stay current in cataract surgery technology. When I left for Angola there was no modern cataract surgery being done here and I was worried that I would forget how to do the surgery and be unable to return to the United States because of my diminished surgical skills. Those worries proved (as most are) to be lies. Through the generous provision of donated equipment and materials my surgical skills have multiplied and I am a far better surgeon and capable of performing a wide variety of surgeries well.
2. Our next patient is Lorenzo, a 31-year-old man, who was led into the clinic by his brother. For the last 16 years he has been blind. Imagine that. A young healthy man unable to work, study, play soccer because of blindness. They said his eyes always looked a little funny since birth; but only after the "white spots" came was he completely blind.
|Pupil is round, still displaced after surgery, but minimally traumatized.|
There are so many stories like these at Boa Vista. I admit with some shame that at times I forget about these precious individual lives and their stories as I strive to change an entire country's eye health care system (and become jaded in the process). Thank you God for sending me gentle reminders about your love and care for individuals and for using a selfish creature like me to bless others.