Arrived in Senegal!

Arrived at 11:00 PM after 2 days of travel. Pittsburgh to Miami, then to Madrid then finally to Senegal, Africa. We now need to be in strict quarantine for 48 hours before we can begin surgery.

Arriving in Senegal!

Haiti Mission June 9 to 13th!

We are resuming our essential mission work in Haiti. There has been a large backlog of cataracts and advanced glaucoma because of the COVID epidemic.

We will be helping Russ Montgomery in his Living in Faith Mission. His mission is to do outstanding work around the world.

https://www.livinginfaith.net/

Please pray for our success on this vital mission to help the people of Haiti. 

You can help! A 100 donation will supply all the material to bring sight to a blind person.
www.EyeMissionDonation.com


Returning to the Mercy Ships!

We are returning to the Mercy Ship for an eye mission off the coast of Senegal. We will be working with 3 Senegal doctors to help restore the lost vision of those blinded by cataracts. We are looking forward to this trip since being restricted from travel for over a year. Your prayers are requested to make this a successful trip.

Surgical Eye Missions to Resume in Haiti! Oct 4th-14th!

After a 7 month stoppage because of COVID 19, will have been invited to the Living in Faith Clinic in Haiti. They have a backlog of over 200 blind Haitians due to advanced cataracts. This will be our 3rd trip to Haiti and it is always a pleasure to help our brother and sisters in Haiti. The Haitian Eye Clinic is due to the work and dedication of Reverend Russ Montgomery.

https://www.livinginfaith.net/home

Performing Cataract Surgery
Happy post-operative patients

Missions are on hold :-(

It is very sad that we had to put all of our mission work on hold. We had to cancel the mission to Liberia and all of our future missions this year. I was selected to be the Ophthalmology Director on the Mercy Ship off the coast of Western Africa but all eye missions have been put on hold. It is just too risky to fly and spend time in high risk areas for infection.

I am working with a group of eye surgeons to take the mission work online to develop a users group on Facebook to help support mission work. I will keep you posted on this.

I am spending my free time doing one of my favorite past times, organic gardening! Check out a report on my garden in Florida!

PS
I interviewed a few doctors on how to strenghen your immune system and prevent and treat the COVID infection. Check it out at

http://www.healthyvision.us/

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We completed a 2 weeks eye surgical mission trip on the Africa MercyShips, currently docked in Dakar, Senegal, Africa.

We did pediatric ophthalmology surgeries for children and adult cataract surgeries.

We participated in screening patients and also teaching a local Senegalese doctor to help her perfect her surgical skills. We are scheduled to come back in June to help her with an eye camp in her home town in Senegal.

Africa grows on you. The more we go the more we love Africa. We took a short trip on a Saturday to visit an animal preserve in the desert. We got to see giraffes, zebras, and other big animals. The hundred years old baobab trees took our breath away, so majestic and so beautiful.

The people we treated are so appreciative of our help, they have very little, and to regain their eye sight back means a second chance to life again for them.

As we have to leave today, a part of us stays back with the people of Senegal and we hope to come back again soon to help many more blind people.

Arrival on the Mercy Ship Dakar, Senegal, Africa!

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After 2 days flying from Florida to Charlotte to London, then Madrid then finally arriving to Dakar, Senegal, Africa, we boarded the Africa Mercy Ship at Midnight.

We have to wash our hands thoroughly before boarding the medical ship.

We completed our on boarding paperwork.

A cold dinner plate awaits each of us with our names written on the plastic cover.

Our cozy cabin sleeps two for a couple. Very nice, clean and comfortable. A nice touch is our cabin is one flight of stairs above the operating room so Dr Kondrot can just walk down the stairs in be in the OR every morning at 7 AM.

Our cabin door has our picture and names and all kinds of welcoming notes and other doctors and teams wanting to meet with us tomorrow to go over the surgical schedule for next week.

We will be busy!

We feel right at home. This is our second year returning on this wonderful medical ship, the biggest non governmental medical ship in the world.

We are tired, sleepy, hungry but very happy to be back and we know many people will be very happy to have their eyes operated on next week.

We are so honored to serve on the Mercy ships. It is an experience of a lifetime and we are so happy to be invited back every year to serve at a different country in Africa!

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