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OPERATION SEE CHANGES LIVES

The Lions Clubs from Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora along with the Camp Lowell Surgery Center in Tucson, Arizona coordinated Operation See on September 10, 2011 to help low income individuals from Mexico receive life changing eye surgery, which they would not be able to afford on their own. The Lions Club has been providing these operations for over 30 years and they go to extraordinary lengths to make them happen.
Nogales Lions Club member James K. Clark is chairperson for the project and helps organize the project from start to finish. The project requires the patients to undergo an economic study and background check to ensure that there is a need for financial help and to be able to be cleared by Homeland Security in order to cross into the United States to get the needed surgery.
“These are the poorest of the poor, many times these individuals have no documentation at all so we try to clear them with Homeland Security so they can enter the country to receive the operation,” said Clark. “We go through a long and rigorous road to conduct the surgeries. We need to clear the facilities, get the physicians, volunteers and clear the patients so that we are ready to go when we set the date.” The patients are transported from Mexico at 5am, so they could be at the facilities by 8am and have them prepared for the surgeries.
Surgeons, nurses and Lions club members volunteer their services and time to perform the operations. Additional equipment was donated along with medications and supplies. In total, Dr. Jack Aaron performed 15 cataract surgeries with intraocular implants.
Staff and Lions club members were at the facility helped set up the surgeries, assisted with the preoperative patient examinations, provided patient care, assisted and cleaned the rooms between surgeries.
The patients, who were all from Nogales, Sonora, varied in age and were very happy and appreciative of the surgeries that they had received. “I am touched and very happy. One patient expressed that she will be able to see her grandchildren for the first time in her life. This is what it’s about, making a difference in people’s lives,” states Clark.

LIST OF VOLUNTEERS
Volunteers
Barbara Marco RN
Ruthie Kimmons RN
Robin Nandin RN
Eileen Merriman
Grace Venegas
Eddie Venegas
Dee Sweeney RN
Diane Hubbard RN
Linda Moss RN
Kathy Smith
Germaine Barton
Pam Pagnam RN
Kaye Cagle RN
Chris Benstead
Robin Mendez
Susan Hunn RN
Wilma Agnew RN
Tony Alvarado
Shawn Montgomery
Kevin Bastiste

Anesthesiologists
Dr. John Bentley
Dr. Elson Revak
Dr. Screvan Farmer

Surgeons
Dr. Jack Aaron
Dr. Richard Marcello
Dr. Sanjay Sannan
Dr. Thomas Boyle
Dr. Lawrence Kaye
+8 other people

Nogales, Sonora
Dr. Z. Uras (¿)
Dr. Jesus Kaweo (¿)
Dr. Carlos Munoz

2 comments

  1. Elvernia Russell

    I have a problem with my right eye, It is alot smaller than my right and it seem to be diverting inward. I already had two sergeries on it at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, but little improvement has been made. I was wondering if it is possible if I could be helped in this situation, because it reaally has taken a negative tole on me. We all know that the eyes are a gateway to the body and this is preventing me from excellng to my fullest potentials. Thanking you for your help in this matter

  2. Elvernia Russell

    I have a problem with my right eye, It is alot smaller than my right and it seem to be diverting inward. I already had two sergeries on it at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, but little improvement has been made. I was wondering if it is possible if I could be helped in this situation, because it reaally has taken a negative tole on me. We all know that the eyes are a gateway to the body and this is preventing me from excellng to my fullest potentials. Thanking you for your help in this matter

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