Both Dr. Dimmig and Dr. Bonetto have each been on multiple surgical mission trips to the Hospital de la Familia in Guatemala on multiple occasions. Dr. Dimmig was involved from 2007 - 2011, and Dr. Bonetto continues to be involved, her last trip was in January of 2017. The Hospital de la Familia is run by a non-profit organization out of San Francisco. It is a self-sustaining operation with 60 full-time employees, including 5 doctors, 12 nurses, and a contingent of Guatemalan medical and dental students. The hospital treats about 10,000 patients yearly.
Volunteer U.S. surgical teams perform the bulk of the surgeries 4-6 times a year. In an average trip over 600 eye patients will be screened, many of which are provided glasses, and sight-restoring surgery on up to 120 patients.
Hospital de la Familia.
Hopsital de la Familia in Nuevo Progresso, Guatemala.
A typical Guatemalan town landscape.
Ophthalmology clinic pictured with grateful patient.
Guatemalan school children dance to celebrate the arrival of the surgical team.
A Guatemalan man with severe pterygia.
Dr. Dimmig checks vision on a patient blinded by cataracts.
End stage brunescent cataract.
Dr. Dimmig performing cataract surgery.
Dr. Dimmig with a patient soon after sight restoring cataract surgery.
A young Guatemalan child with congenital cataracts.
Dr. Keady enjoys spending time with the one year old the day after his congenital cataract surgery.
Patients await their post-operative day one examination.
The lush green jungle of the Guatemalan countryside.
Sunset from our balcony.
2007 Eye Team from Bend: left to right: Dr. Stan Shepardson, Sue Shepardson, Patricia Correa, Dr. Nancy Bonetto, Dr. Warren Guzman, Dr. Jason Dimmig.