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Helping others less fortunate is a part of who we are, and what we do here at Stahl Vision. Dr. Brian Stahl and Dr. James Knowles have been on more than 25 mission trips to more than 8 different countries around the world, with more coming soon!
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Go Crazy ~ Do Good!!
We have visited some of the poorest and most needy countries and cities in the world. Many are difficult to reach, long plane trips and bumpy roads. We usually work long hours, often late into the night, and occasionally into the early morning hours of the next day! But every trip we see old friends, and make new ones. We see retuning patients coming back for their second eye surgery, and help new blind people to see.
The pictures below only begin to tell the story of our trips. You can not help but laugh and cry at the same time the morning after surgery when you take the patches off and people can see for the first time in years. Most of the patients we see are blind in both eyes when we see them. Once you have seen what we have seen, you can not help but come back a changed person. Because of them, we have been changed for the good.
Our "Mission Crew" in Salamas Guatemala. Dr. Brian Gerlach, Missy, Roger, Patti, Luanne, Mary, Sharon, Dr. John Pajka, Dr. Brian Stahl, and in the background Pastor Mike Dennis, our translator, taxi-driver, tour-guide, and clinic examiner. Friends for life. Patti put up the M.A.S.H. sign post with distances to home for us all on the wall. 2005.
As we arrive at the clinic in Managua Nicaragua, patients line up all the way out the door. Nicaragua is the poorest of the Central American countries, and most people can not afford health care. It is 7am and already in the 90s from the bright tropical sun, and patients pack into the clinic hoping for the chance to have surgery. 2002.
Sadly, there is a near infinite number of blind people throughout the world. As we screen patients in clinic, we triage the worst patients first. We can typically only do an average of 140 patients during the week there with 2 or 3 surgeons. Clinic in Managua Nicaragua 2002.
Morning prayer with the patients we did cataract surgery for the day before. Most of the cases are very difficult, and swelling and healing times are longer. We ask the Lord to go before us as the great healer and lay his hands on these his children. 2003.
Surgery days can be very long. The cataracts are very dense and difficult to remove, the ORs are often very hot and humid, and surgery sometimes runs late into the night. But the next morning, seeing happy faces of patients that can see for the first time in years makes it all worth while. Smiling patients in Managua Nicaragua with our patients seeing for the first time in years. 2002.
Some patients are harder to measure than others. Dr. Brian Gerlach shows great patience as he measures a two year old child in Bolivia for cataract surgery later that day. 2005.
Dr. John Pajka from Lima Ohio smiling with a very appreciative patient in Guatemala who is seeing for the first time in years. Notice the height difference, many patients are barely four feet something tall. 2005.
This picture probably says more than I ever could. A grateful patient from Boliva hugs Dr. Brian Stahl, 2004.
If you feel called to help us, we have our "Go Crazy Do Good" funding site where you can make a tax deductible contribution and be a part of this life changing effort! Use link below to be directed to the Go Crazy, Do Good Page!