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Gift of Sight 2014, Guatemala


On October 25, 2014, Humanity First USA's Gift of Sight team will arrive in Guatemala City for the fifth annual week-long eye camp. The camp will provide free eye care to rural Guatemalans funded by donations made through Humanity First and hospital donated equipment. Ophthalmic pharmaceutical companies have also contributed in order to keep the surgeries free for the patients.

In the past few years, the Gift of Sight team has set up camps over multiple cities in Guatemala to provide service to as many locals as possible. In congruence with performing the surgeries, the doctors' part of the Gift of Sight team will be teaching the local doctors and nurses new surgical techniques. Triage clinics have been taking place since early October with the support of Humanity First Guatemala, and thus far there are fifty cataract surgeries and fifty pterygium surgeries scheduled for the upcoming trip.

and fifty pterygium surgeries scheduled for the upcoming trip. This year's Gift of Sight mission has been organized and carried out under the guidance of Gift of Sight Program Director and ophthalmologist, Dr. Ahsan Khan and Assistant Director, Aysha Alburaki. Lead ophthalmologists for the 2014 camp are Dr. Khan and Dr. Bouchard, who is the Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois. They will be joined by ophthalmologists Dr. Karen Small, Dr. Asad Movahedan, Dr. Majid Rouhbakhsh, and Dr. Amir Mehralian, Juan Nuñez, scrub technician, Dr. Syed Saqib Ali, anesthesiologist, and will be supported by technicians, residents, medical students, and photojournalists.

We cannot do this without your support: please consider making a contribution— with a $100 donation, you can cover costs for one cataract surgery and help give the gift of sight.
Please visit our Gift of Sight blog

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