Monday, January 11, 2010

Last night I picked up Kathy Garcia, Sr. Amalia Camacho and Randy Guerin at the Comalapa airport. By the time we made it back to Suchitoto and had a cup of tea, it was almost midnight, and we had to leave the house at 7:15 this morning to make our appointment with Dra. Ana de Burgos. We didn't get much sleep, but by 7:15 we were in the car and headed out to Hospital San Rafael in Santa Tecla, where Randy videoed Amalia interviewing Dra. de Burgos about the process of cataract surgery. Dra. de Burgos turns out to be a natural - calm, poised, a very clear speaker - and we have the basic material for our video, which we'll add to tomorrow with interviews with former patients and with two of our community volunteers from Comasagua. Our hope is that this five-minute video will give prospective patients enough information so they'll know what to expect if they decide to have cataract surgery.

Back in Suchitoto, after catnaps and stirfry and the traditional coconut ice cream, we're ready to head for a good night's sleep, but first we posed for a group photo. I'm sitting in the chair, and left to right are Randy, Amalia, Margaret Jane and Kathy.

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