For the last several years, a team of doctors and technicians has traveled to Ouelessebougou to help with eye care. This year’s team included Tom Johnston, a dentist. He’s been here before and has grown to love his Malian friends. He had 20 extractions scheduled for each day here.
This is where the local dentist does his good work.
We enjoy reuniting with our translator friends each year!
This young man has been seen by the team the last 4 years. His old glasses allow him to see. This year he got new ones! Mike Clayton is the expedition leader. He is also our neighbor in Orem and he has been our faithful home teacher!
The anesthesiology room for those having cataract surgery:
Our son, Adam has come with this medical team twice. Because of that, he is now in medical school, hoping to be an eye surgeon someday.
The local eye doctors and their nurses work with our doctors. It’s a wonderful exchange.
People from the 25 villages we serve wait all year long for the eye expedition to arrive. The local teams pre-screen the villagers to find those who most need surgery or glasses. These good people wait in these long lines to be seen.
This dear little boy had a horrible infection in his jaw bone. He did not survive the surgery. We were all so very sad.
This medical team would have an incredible week in Ouelessebougou, celebrating Thanksgiving away from their families and loved ones, to be with people who needed them even more. They did 100 cataract surgeries and fit hundreds of people with glasses.
We talk about “Lighting the World.” Here are some who did just that this week.