Every 2 years in January, Dr. Bonetto joins a team of ophthalmologists (and general surgeons, anesthesiologist and plastic surgeons)for a medical/surgical trip to the remote countryside of Nuevo Progreso, Guatemala.
The Hospital de la Familia is a Catholic-based foundation established in the 1970s to meet the medical and surgical needs of a large part of totally unserved people from both Guatemala and Mexico. Each trip is a reminder of the vast international need for sight-saving surgery like cataract extraction, glaucoma and pterygium excision surgery. The days are filled with up to a hundred patients needing medical eye care and dozens of those in need of cataract and glaucoma surgery. The people are incredibly gracious and grateful. It's a reminder to all of us on the team that the international connection through medical and surgical care is essential and life-changing for all.
Dr. Bonetto with a postoperative patient.
Dr. Bonetto with a Guatemalan family.
Hospital de la Familia.
A typical Guatemalan town landscape.
Guatemalan school children dance to celebrate the arrival of the surgical team.
A Guatemalan man with severe pterygia.
End stage brunescent cataract.
A young Guatemalan child with congenital cataracts.
Patients await their post-operative day one examination.
The lush green jungle of the Guatemalan countryside.