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   xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Mar 31 12:19 AM

Mar 31, 2010: Nepal's Hawkeye Pierce

In Nepal, where medical facilities are limited, especially in rural areas, there is a master surgeon called Dr Sanduk Ruit. He's an eye specialist, and my reference to Hawkeye pierce is that he does production line (meatball) surgery, in tents, with limited equipment, and has restored the eyesight to between 3 and 4 MILLION people.

Once condemned by the international medical community as unthinkable and reckless, this mass surgery 'in the bush' started spreading from Nepal to poor countries worldwide nearly two decades ago.
But like Hawkeye, he just said to the critics, quiet down I'm trying to work here, and work he did, proving he could help millions.
Fuck cancer and blindness.

Some great pictures. (scroll down)

Clodfobble  Wednesday Mar 31 01:12 AM

I couldn't figure out what the hell the picture was supposed to be of, at first.

Dhari Maya Pandey reacts to light as her eye patches are removed.
Ah ha! Those are the covers they put on the eyes post-surgery, and now they've been pulled down and are dangling by the bottom piece of tape.

3 million people over 20 years is still 411 surgeries a day, 365 days a year. That's kind of nuts. Surely he means "the assembly-line approach" has restored sight to that many people, and not himself personally.

rditlkustoleit  Wednesday Mar 31 02:20 AM

But can he perform these surgeries blindfolded?

Kidding aside...

*Eye am very impressed with the lens he views the world through.

*He was probably quite focused on orbiting around some optic visionaries as a pupil.

*I see his circle of influence continues to dilate.

Okay, eye am done.

If we're not supposed to eat animals, why are they made out of meat?!

capnhowdy  Wednesday Mar 31 07:20 AM

Obviously there's a pretty good dentist in the neighborhood also.

Sheldonrs  Wednesday Mar 31 09:38 AM

Originally Posted by capnhowdy View Post
Obviously there's a pretty good dentist in the neighborhood also.
Now all they need is a good dermatologist.

ZenGum  Wednesday Mar 31 06:25 PM

This may be linked with the Fred Hollows Foundation.

Fred was an eye specialist who did a lot of such operations, and more than that, helped set up programs in developing countries to enable them to do the operations (including making new lenses, etc) themselves.
I think he did work in Nepal and East Africa.

Antimatter  Wednesday Mar 31 10:32 PM

A quick Google search reveals that "In 1980, while working on a Nepal Blindness Survey, [Ruit] met Fred Hollows who became his mentor. Fred helped make his life goal clear: the restoration of eyesight to people who were unnecessarily blind."


Gravdigr  Thursday Apr 1 02:39 PM

The woman pictured above needs to be ironed.

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