The next mission is scheduled for the Spring of 2019 in Zihuatanejo, Mexico. This is a surgery only mission with limited clinic.
4 year old old Angel had been born with congentital cataracts in both his eyes and never seen his mother and father. The day after his surgery he was petting his mom's face and telling her how beautiful she was. His mom said he has never said that to anyone before! Angel is seen here with Molly and Dr. Jim Conahan and his parents. To see a slide show of Angel's story, see the link below.
How humbling, how joyful. His Parents are ecstatic and so are we! Angel is seen wearing protective lenses.
My name is Ricardo and I am thirteen years old. I come from Namibia, a wonderful country. We have many beautiful animals and it is much like Colorado, very dry.
Ricardo started life out as a disadvantaged orphan. As poor as he was, his granny never let him down. She raised him as her own and prayed into his life a wonderful destiny for her boy. Ricardo was one of the first ten orphans who attended Community Hope School in 2005. From the moment he first squinted at me with his mischievous grin, I knew there was something wrong with his eyes. Watching him attack problems, engage with people or kick a soccer ball around the dusty playground, you'd never know he was legally blind.
Suzanne Hunter - Director
I first learned about Ricardo when John and Suzanne Hunter (from Community Hope School) visited The Rock Church in Castle Rock, Colorado. She described Ricardo’s condition and I prayed how the Mission could respond? Dr. Jim contacted Suzanne and John and offered the Mission’s help. After first trying to arrange for a surgeon in Namibia for Ricardo, it became apparent that the conditions, availability of a skilled surgeon, and obtaining donor tissue prohibited the surgery from being done in Namibia. This surgery required a consistent and regular follow up care and it was determined to bring Ricardo to the US.
Dr. Jim then contacted a Colorado Corneal Specialist, Dr. Bill Richheimer, and he graciously agreed to perform his surgery. After just the first day after his surgery, Richardo was seeing 20-80! After a week he was able to see and read! Dr. Habhab from Dr. Jim’s office agreed to fit him with a contact lens in his other eye, and Ricardo’s site was restored!
Ken Kahn, Web Site Mananger
Mission of Healing Eyes
The "YES`" for Ricardo
We tried to get Ricardo's corneal transplant done in Namibia but couldn't. I honestly thought it just wouldn't happen and then the "yes" started.
Molly said "Yes, fly into Denver now and let`s make this happen!"
Suzanne said "Yes, I'll fly with him from Africa to Denver."
Ken and Tammy said "Yes, he can stay with us for a while in Denver."
Dr. Bill Richheimer said yes "I'll do the surgery."
The Lions Club said "Yes, we'll donate the corneal tissue."
Bill Blankmeter said "Yes, I'll do the anesthesia."
John Blank said "Yes, I'll donate the surgery center."
Dr. Danell Habhab said "Yes, I'll fit and donate the contact lenses."
Jim and Molly said "Yes, we will donate the sport goggles."
The United United Eye Centers staff said "Yes, we will teach him how to care for and put in his contact lens."
The Miller's in Boston said "Yes, he can live with us for the next year or more."
Frank Conahan said "Yes, I'll get you an ophthalmologist in Boston to help you follow Ricardo`s transplant."
Dr. George said "Yes, I'll follow his corneal transplant while in Boston."
The Mission of Healing Eyes said "Yes, we'll pay for Ricardo's travel expenses."
In the words of Mother Teresa: "You can do something I can't, I can do something you can't, so together let's do something beautiful for God."
And you know what? We Did!
Thank you for all your Yes`s!
Jim Conahan M.D., Medical Director
Mission of Healing Eyes