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.
We were able to operate 12 patients today because it took a while to get everything set up. The first day tends to be slower than usual as a lot of things need to be worked out. Dr. Kondrot also did a lot of exam including the little girl in the picture here with a tumor that pushed her eye out. It is growing pretty aggressively. Continue reading “Haiti July 2018: Day 1 Surgery – Afternoon Session”
Today is day one of our mission trip to Haiti. We are set to do about 20 free cataract surgeries. In between cases, Dr. Kondrot also does eye exams, screening for future surgery trips, pre-op and post-op check-ups.
We got a text from Russ a few days ago: “A doctor can not come to Haiti, can you come over to help us?”. I take a quick look at our calendar, we will need to move consultations around, but that can take care of. I sent Russ a reply: “Yes, we will be there to help you out.”
And that’s our team in Haiti!
It’s Day 3 afternoon surgery for our Haiti Mission trip. Here is the group of patients we have ready for operation.
After a quick break for lunch, we resume our day of surgery.
First, we have a visit with baby Leila, she comes from the nearby orphanage.
Arriving at the clinic in Haiti, Dr. Kondot gets set to work immediately. We were not planning to work today, we just wanted to unpack the supplies, set up the operating room, check out the microscope and see how the sterilization station operates. But as soon as we enter the main area of the clinic, patients are waiting to be looked at. So we get down to business and start patients examination on the spot.
One patient after another, Dr. Kondrot begins one day early I guess. We are already on the ground, we might as well work!
We have a patient whose eye pressure is 60! The clinic staff is hoping dr. Kondrot can do something for her.
Looks like we have to lower her pressure right away!
Haiti: We can’t wait to Haiti to see what it is like.
From the comfort of our living room, we have been watching and hearing about Haiti for the last ten years. Nothing but one disaster after another. Haiti is ranked the poorest country in the western hemisphere. Read more to see what Haiti looks like today.
We are now getting ready for our next trip. Haiti, Croix Des Bouquets, working out of the facilities of Living In Faith. We are very excited.
We connect with Russ Montgomery to coordinate out flight tickets, we are planning to fly out together as Russ is a pro at getting in and out of Haiti and wants to make sure we have a safe travel, that our supplies will get in and not get stuck at custom and of course watch over our security while we are on the ground in Haiti.
We invite Russ over for a home-cooked meal and work on plans for the upcoming trip