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ISMS ORV ‘Gift of Sight’ Mission to Nepal – May 2013

ORV is a proud sponsor of the 2013 Gift of Sight Expedition to Nepal.

Click here for a brief description of the project from Dr. Ronald Gentile (Audio)

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G.O.S. May 15 We’re Off!

After months of scrambling, untold emails flying back and forth between Stamford and Kathmandu, and calls to opthalmic manufacturers for diagnostic equipment, three members of the Gift of Sight crew can finally relax tonight as they depart JFK for Nepal.

It was touch and go there for some team members who had to arrange to place their private lives on hold for two weeks – in one case a family emergency two days before departure that resolved itself at the last minute – for the good of this important mission.

We carry with us vitamins for the monks, Sherpa Adventure Gear for the entire crew, and a DeLorme two-way satellite communicator that will permit live texting from the field. Our Keeler retinoscopy rack and  indirect opthalmoscope are safely swaddled in expedition leader Scott Hamilton’s carry-on.

First stop is Doha, Qatar, for an overnight stay on Thursday, then a four-hour flight Friday morning to Kathmandu. Our accommodations in Kat are at the legendary Yak & Yeti Hotel. We’ve been warned to avoid the tap water lest we board the Lomotil express for a wild ride on the porcelain pony. More on that later, I’m afraid.

On the reading list for tonight is “I’ll Call You in Nepal” by Bernadette McDonald … about the renowned Kathmandu journalist Elizabeth Hawley who has chronicled Everest expeditions for decades.

The mission begins.

ISMS Team New York returns from Linares, Chile

Chile mapInternational Surgical Mission Support-Team New York embarked on a 10 day mission to Linares, in the Maule region of Chile.  The 18 member team included General surgeons, OB/GYN surgeons, a Thoracic surgeon, a Plastic surgeon, a Critical Care Physician, anesthesia providers, and a complete staff of nurses.  During it’s time in Linares, the team performed 85 surgeries, many of them complex.  The patient population ranged from infants to the elderly and they were treated for variety of conditions.  Some of these surgeries were life changing cosmetic procedures and some were lifesaving complex operations.

Our goal of reaching out and positively touching as many lives as possible was achieved.  As Dr. Kothuru, who was the team’s leader stated, “Each mission brings a unique opportunity to directly impact people with free surgical care and also provide support to the local healthcare system by sharing ideas and donating medical equipment.”   This year was no exception.

ISMS Team New York Winter Fundraiser 2013

ISMS Team New York Winter Fundraiser 2013 raises $40,000 and receives support from The First lady Cecilia Morel of Chile.

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The New York Winter fundraiser 2013, hosted by Dr. Ravi Kothuru and Ms. Grace McCarthy, was held February 28th at the beautiful Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion in Manhattan.  This year ISMS-Team New York recognized its sixteenth year of supporting missions to Third World countries.  ISMS also announced this year’s mission to the Province of Linares in Chile.    The evening was highlighted by special presentations by Dr. Medhat Allam, Chairman of the Board for ISMS, Gloria Garafulich-Grabois from the Gloria Mistral Foundation, Octavio Errázuriz Guilisasti, the Chilean Ambassador to The UN, and a video message from Cecelia Morel, the First lady of Chile welcoming ISMS-Team New York to her country.