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Helping People See a Better Future: American Doctor’s Medical Camp in Jamaica

Los Angeles: Three days, 1,071 patients, 368 Cataract Surgeries, and 1,000 pairs of glasses given out by an incredible team of 17 amazing and dedicated people in Jamaica on a sunny weekend.

With a team consisting of some of the best Ophthalmologists, Anesthesiologists and Registered Nurses spent April 27, 2019-April 29, 2019 at Mandeville Regional Hospital helping the locals for the 5th Jamaican Mission Trip.

The Mission, sponsored by Drs. Kiran and Pallavi Patel Family Foundation. MBS Health Ministry, Inc. and Anekant Community Center did an astonishing amount of surgeries and screened over 700 people for eye problems.

The surgeries were done by Indian Ophthalmologists Dr. Vipul Prajapati and Nirav Modi, along with Dr. Wade from the University of California, Irvine and Dr. Archna Gupta from Florida were US Ophthalmologists and UCI’s Dr. Kyle Huynh a Fellow. Dr. Elizabeth Shen, a resident also joined and helped with cataract patients.

The competent Anesthesiologists, Dr. Nitin Shah and Dr. Mark Awad were accompanied by Registered Nurse Clay Smith, Teresa H., and Laura Koh. Dr. John Larcabal, with help from his son Jacob, brought the equipment that helped in eye screenings and gave away over 1,000 pairs of sunglasses and prescription glasses.

The coordinator, Jamaican American Horace Morgan and Jamaican Damion did an excellent job taking care of the logistics of accomodation, transportation and other details. All team members were able to enjoy delicious vegetarian Indian food courtesy of Dipak and Sadhana Patel, including the classic Daal-Chaawal (Lentils and rice).

Since their arrival at Montego Bay Jay airport, those three days were filled with fun and rewarding experiences. Dr. Gavin Henry, the local Ophthalmologist and the person responsible for coordinating the Mission, was extremely satisfied by the results that he has already extended the invitation to the team to come back in 2020! Him, and the other administrators of the hospital are thankful to the sponsors and the team in Jamaica for helping locals to see a brighter and better future.

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