October 30, 2012 ULCT makes life better in Nepal (1 of 5)
ULCT’s Lincoln Shurtz and Cameron Diehl spent most of October serving with the University of Utah’s Moran Eye Center at the Himalayan Cataract Project in Phaplu, Nepal. The Moran Eye Center surgeons regularly travel to the developing world to perform cataract surgeries. Moran’s Dr. Geoffrey Tabin co-founded the Himalayan Cataract Project which partners with the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology and the local doctors and nurses in the Phaplu Clinic to conduct an annual Eye Camp. Lincoln and Cameron helped serve over 1000 Nepalese ranging from ages 18 months to 95 years. The doctors, Dr. Geoffrey Tabin and Dr. Alan Crandall, performed 90 cataract surgeries, including on people who had been blind for decades. People walked for up to 3 days to attend the clinic, and some people even carried their elderly relatives on their backs so that they could receive treatment. One lady had been blind in both eyes for 46 years. After a 20 minute surgery, she could see. What a miraculous, humbling, & inspiring experience. (see pictures below) We appreciate the Moran Eye Center for extending the opportunity and will cherish our memories.
During their time abroad, Cameron and Lincoln also observed municipal government and noticed which municipal services were lacking. Check the blog in the days ahead for examples of municipal services in Nepal (or lack thereof) and thus gain a greater appreciation for how Utah cities truly make life better. For today, enjoy the pics from the Eye Camp!