Welcome from Rotary Foundation at the La Paz, Bolivia airport. The American medical team almost couldn't stand vertically due to the low oxygen at the 13,000 foot altitude. It's the highest altitude airport in the world. One adjusts after 24 hours.
Our Healing the Children volunteer group in Ansaldo, Bolivia. All the Americans -- typically twenty or so -- volunteer their time and pay their own expenses to make the trip.
Ecuadorian boy getting his vision tested. We used local interpreters and helpers as much as we could.
Clinic girl with traditional Bolivian clothes - Ansaldo, Bolivia
Typical busy clinic where families bring their children from far away for the charity medical care
Child with droopy eyelids, ptosis - Hoi An, Vietnam
Boy with prominent esotropia (crossed eye) in Ecuador.
Using prisms to measure the amount of crossing in preparation for surgery - Vietnam
Orphanage boy with cataract. He was driven 7 hours to the clinic to receive his free surgical care - Ecuador
Child with ptosis - Vietnam
Maxillofacial doctor, Barry Steinberg, examining cleft patients in Vietnam
Prominent redness and thickening to conjunctiva due to exposure to high ultraviolet from altitutude and sunlight in Andes - Ecuador
Reviewing charts prior to surgery
Myself and Mark Engel. Mark is a team leader for Healing the Children
Evaluating child Bolivia
Doctors operate in pairs. The surgical suites are clean and the local hospital staff is very accommodating
Myself and Dr. Jay Calesnick working with an Ecuadorian ophthalmology resident.
Strabismic girl awaiting surgery in Ecuador. Most of the patients and their families were happy to have the opportunity to get their eye problems helped.
Blind boy from glaucoma. We examined him under anaesthesia but nothing could be done.
Boy after strabismus surgery to correct his lazy eyes.
Large iguanas outside our hotel in Guayaquil, Ecuador. They were tame and beautiful.