Patricia Caicedo Batioja was constantly concerned her four-year-old granddaughter was going to lose vision in her left eye if she didn’t receive an urgent operation.
Patricia Caicedo Batioja一直担心，如果她四岁的孙女不能接受紧急手术，她的左眼就会失明。
With a fallen eyelid condition, Dominica was eligible to receive treatment at the USNS Comfort naval ship.
由于眼睑下垂，Dominica能在美国海军舰队舒适号(USNS: United States Naval Station)接受治疗。
I feel happy thinking that I almost wasn’t going to be able to bring her here for the operation, and I’m grateful the operation went well.
After hours of procedure, surgeons were able to fix the problem allowing Dominica to see again.
Dominica received a medical care her family wouldn’t have been able to afford at all.
The USNS Comfort ship medical staff provides treatment for more than 700 patients on a daily basis,
operating on people who suffer from cataracts, hernias, cysts, and kidney failure and other types of ambulatory surgeries.
It also sets up two posts on land that provides a basic medical care for more than 300 patients a day.
Most patients, there they’re ambulatory patients, there’s most of them are are fairly healthy in that they don’t need a hospital today, but they have chronic issues, so some things like diabetes, hypertension, chronic joint pains that sort of things.
We’re able to give them medications to help manage that.
Johana Landazuri received a free hernia surgery as part of this program.
I was selected and they verified that I needed surgery.
Because of my problem, they treated me, so I was selected with other people who also needed help.
The humanitarian aid medical mission welcomes around 900 staff members, and in every port they stop, volunteers from around the region also joined to help.
Is that people are people and when we come back from volunteering on services like this, it makes us better physicians when we practice in the United States.
There really is no border when we provide health care.
We’re all part the same planet.
The USNS Comfort will continue its mission through Latin America, Pesnx ports in Peru, Andorra, Colombia, in which it also seeks to alleviate some of the pressure caused by the increased immigration flow from Venezuela living their country.
For VOA News in Esmeralda Ecuador, Belen Mora.
美国之音新闻，Belen Mora, 厄瓜多尔 埃斯梅拉达报道。