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Mission accomplished: more than 200 people gain back sight

18-10-2014
A group of nurses and doctors stand next to a man with an eye patch carrying a paper that says #100
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This is patient number 100 during the special working day dedicated to cataracts surgeries for people in need.

In celebration of the World Sight Day, the two clinics of Visualiza (Guatemala and Peten), a strategic partner for CBM in Guatemala, held a special day of cataract surgeries for people who couldn’t afford it.

Getting ready for a big celebration

People waiting in line at the doors of a center while it still dark and they hold umbrellas for the mild rain ©CBM
People were waiting in line outside of Visualiza since 2:00 am.
It’s 2:00 AM, on October 9, 2014. It is cold and a mild rain accompanies some people that are already waiting outside the Visualiza Eye Clinic in the city of Guatemala, Guatemala.
 
It is the World Sight Day and Visualiza, partner organization for CBM in Guatemala, has been preparing these special working day for about a month in order to achieve one objective: give sight back to blind people due to cataracts that have low incomes. A mass media communication campaign and posters made the invitation even wider.

Twelve intense hours

An operations room with two hospital beds and a doctor working on an eye of a person laying in one of the beds. ©CBM
The approximate duration of each surgery was between 10 and 15 minutes.
This incredible day of celebration started at 6:00 AM. As people came inside the first station made a rapid evaluation by optometrists to determine if patients had bilateral cataracts (both eyes). On a second station, patients took part of a screening to check for any rests of vision.
 
After going through these two stations, the first cataract surgery was held at 6:15 AM. Twelve hours later, with a duration of approximately between 10 and 15 minutes, 115 had gained sight back through the surgeries. “May God bless you and give you more”, said the patients with satisfaction after the procedures.
Besides the operations in the capital city of Guatemala, a branch clinic in San Benito Peten, with mostly indigenous population, a sum of 100 more operation were performed in four days.

Mission: accomplished

Besides the operations in the capital city of Guatemala, a branch clinic in San Benito Peten, with mostly indigenous population, a sum of 100 more operation were performed in four days.
 
Mission accomplished: Giving the hope of a better life quality to families in need through community eye health.


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