🇹🇬🇹🇬🇹🇬 Togo Africa Eye Surgical Mission Trip 🇹🇬🇹🇬🇹🇬
The story of Epiphany. He’s 11 years old. Born blind, deaf and mute. He lives in a silent and dark world. He can not hear and he can not see. He can only feel when someone touches him on his arms.
We operated on both of his eyes. Here he is after we removed his eye patches.
He is seeing for the first time!
He is looking all around him. And up at the sky. Then he cracks a smile!
What is he thinking in his head? We can only guess. His world is now opening up to seeing things around him. He can learn sign language and communicate with his parents. He can make new friends. A whole new life is waiting ahead for Epiphany.
We have 5 more children like him waiting for us to come and restore their eyesight this week.
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To all the fathers, step-fathers, grand-fathers, soon-to-be fathers, wanna-be fathers, and fathers at heart: we wish you a wonderful day, full of joy, love and happiness. We thank you for all that you are and all that you have done for your children.
You are the most special man in your children’s life.
My very own father is now in heaven.
So on this special day, I would like to give a big shout out to the most special father on the earth: Dr. Edward Kondrot. A wonderful father to his own sons and step-sons and to so many more children around the world that he has worked tirelessly to restore their eye-sight on his mission trips. He is truly a good example of what a good man and a great father look like.
A father like you is truly a gift from God and I give thanks for the blessing of you in our lives.
On June 2nd we arrived into Vietnam with the generous gift of 10 donor cornea transplants from the US. This was the largest number of transplant tissue every received by Vietnam. The tissue was used to restore the sight of 10 blind patients.
Translation of Article published in all of the Vietnamese Newspapers!
American doctors give special gifts to Vietnameseeye patients
15:18 June 3,2019
Thegiftsconsistsof10corneasofdeceasedAmericans.Inparticular,5corneaswere awarded immediately to Hue CentralHospital.
On June 2, at the Da Nang airport, the National Center for Organ Transplant Coordination received a special gift from Doctor Kondrot, an ophthalmologist from the Hawaiian Eye Foundation and See International (USA).
Doctor Kondrot and his wife Ly Kondrot often volunteer around the world, they often go to poor countries to perform free eye surgeries and corneal transplant programs for poor patients, especially children. Doctor Kondrot said that each time he goes on his volunteer programs, he would inform and propose to the Eye Bank in the US.
The Eye Bank in the United States will provide corneas with complete records for Doctor Kondrot. Usually theywillsendhim2 to3corneasforeachtrip.However,thistimehewassurprisedwhentheEyeBanksent 10 corneas, the largest number of corneas the doctor ever received for a voluntary trip abroad. It is however a very great gift due to the extremely long waiting list for cornea transplants at the hospitals in Vietnam.
Ms. Ly Kondrot is a native of Vietnam, she always had a dream to return to Vietnam with her husband to help patients suffering from eye diseases. According to Ms. Ly, her husband only wishes is to use his lifelong skills, knowledge and ability of ophthalmology to teach and train other doctors to help poor patients.
Dr Kondrot and his wife came to Vietnam this time at the invitation of Hue Central Hospital. Doctor Kondrot will join the doctors of Hue Central Hospital to transplant corneas and provide free surgeries for poor patients in Hue from 3/67 / 6/2019.
Doctor CK II Pham Nhu Vinh Tuyen Deputy Head of the Department of Ophthalmology Hue Central Hospitalsaidthatthehospitalhasreceivedagiftof5corneasfromdoctorKondrot.Accordingly,therewillbe 5casesofcornealtransplantsand50patientswithcataractsurgery.
TheremainingfivecorneasweretransferredtoHanoibytheCenterforOrganTransplantationonJune2and handed back to the Eye Bank. Mr. Nguyen Huu Hoang Director of the Eye Bank, said this is a valuable gift fortheEyeBankandpatientswaitingforcornealtransplants.
In 2018, there were 109 corneal donations with nearly 200 corneas ensuring quality and transplantation for waiting patients. From the beginning of 2019 until now, the Bank received 65 offerings. Meanwhile, the number of people registered for corneal transplants at Central Eye Hospital always fluctuates from 800- 1,000 people. The number of corneas is very small, so the hospital always performs cornealtransplantationbasedonpriorityforthosewhohavebothblindeyesfirst.
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The human eyes are now being transplanted over to patients with severe cornea diseases that are making them blind.
Since this is mainly a teaching trip to help the local doctors learn how to do the transplants, the work is long and tedious but Dr. Kondrot is patiently working with the doctors showing them one suture at a time until they get the procedure down.
Here he is showing them how to suture the donor tissue onto the host patient prepared receiving eye.
Follow Dr. Kondrot’s Mission work at www.missiontocureblindness.com
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Hand carrying cornea tissues through TSA.
We don’t want tissues to go through X ray so they need to be hand checked.
The TSA officer then close up the box and put on the official TSA tape!
We are good to go!
Some eye blindness condition can only be treated by a cornea transplant. Unfortunately, the eye bank in Vietnam does not have enough cornea for transplant operation so the waiting list is very long.
We are very happy to be able to get these tissues back to Vietnam where we can work with the local doctors to help them with cornea transplant techniques.
Follow us as we report on our trip to Vietnam.
Find out more about Dr Kondrot mission trip at www.healingtheeye.com
Our supplies for 50 eye surgeries have arrived! We pack them into our suitcases.
This trip will be special with 10 cornea transplants. The tissues arrived today and we will hand carry them over to the Hue hospital in central Vietnam.
We will be teaching the local doctors how to do cornea transplants.
We are set to go.
Follow us here as we report on our progress in Hue, Vietnam.
Find out more about Dr. Kondrot Mission work at www.healingtheeye.com
This is a photo recap of week 1 on the YWAM medical ship Australia.
We are in Morobe province where the villages are not accessible by road. The ship has about 100 young volunteers from 17 countries. The volunteers get to the villages by dinghy and bring out the blind people for eye surgeries.
All together for 2 weeks of outreach we did 134 eye surgeries, pulled 200 teeth, hundreds of dental fillings, tested 100 samples and found 14 people with TB, they are being treated for TB. We give medical exam to children and adults in all the villages.
We gave out close to 2000 tooth brushes and tooth pastes. We screened close to 1000 people for eye conditions and gave out 800 pairs of reader glasses.
We taught children how to brush their teeth, adults how to take care of their health. Many new moms are taught how to care for their babies.
Young girls are given a gift bags for those special “girl days” of the month. We fix many many wounds on skin from no shoes and hitting trees and branches.
Here are some pictures of our wonderful work in Papua New Guinea!
We did so much and shared so much joy and love to the people of Papua New Guinea!
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