The requirements for this trip are necessary so that we maximize our short time in these islands, seeing as many patients as possible. If we do not pass this way again, the patient we missed will be without sight for life, most likely. We cannot nor would not wish this on anyone.
Dr. Jeff Rutgard surgery in Palau.
Showing the utmost concern and preserving the utmost dignity for these patients is our rule. Do unto others is so important, as we want to leave them with a feeling of brotherhood with us. The gift of sight is absolutely a game-changer for anyone ever without it.
"These patients and their families will never forget your visit, so all must be perfect when you depart," says Jeff Rutgard.
Of all things, be in good health. Becoming a patient is what none of us want, but being a burden half-way around the world would be detrimental to all on the trip, and obviously the patients we are there to see. Make sure your passport has plenty of time left on it (at least 6 months past return date).
For them, the gift of sight is everything. For us, the elation of seeing them when the bandages come off. You will never forget that moment. I remember hundreds of them; a blessing I carry with me always.