Portuguese humanitarian mission “opens eyes” in Amazonia

Portuguese humanitarian mission opens eyes in Amazon

It is a wonderful story of hope and lives renewed: a Portuguese humanitarian mission to the Amazon carried out between 400 and 500 surgeries in just five days – in many cases bringing sight to people who had not seen for years.
Specialist Joaquim Murta, now back home from the trip, told reporters that some of the patients who turned up for treatment had been “blind for more than a decade”.
The team, led by ophthalmologists from Coimbra University Hospital, visited regions of the lower Amazon basin where access is difficult, and apart from surgeries also handed out free glasses.
Operations involved removing cataracts and pterygium – a benign growth of the conjunctiva also known as Surfer’s Eye.