Beaumont Eye Care Team Changes Lives in Kenya

by Lindsay Murphy, BSN, RN, Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak

In August, a team of Beaumont physicians, residents, nurse anesthetists, nurses and family members departed for a medical mission in Migori, Kenya, a remote rural community 300 miles west of Nairobi. Over three days in clinic, Beaumont staff performed some 55 cataract operations, saw over 400 general ophthalmic patients and another 200 general medical patients—many of whom traveled many miles on foot and on bicycle, over savannah trails and back roads to reach our clinic. No one was turned away; many patients stayed overnight at the clinic, rather than risk the dangerous journey home after dark.

Cataract surgery in KenyaDuring our mission, I saw a 14-year-old girl who came to the clinic with a severe cataract in the right eye, leaving her with only hand-motion vision in that eye. The left eye sported a perfectly functional intraocular lens and 20/20 vision, the legacy of a previous cataract surgery. In halting but correct English, she told me, “One year ago, you fixed my other eye. Is perfect. I waited for you to return, my other eye to fix.” Via interpreter, her mother told us that her previous surgery had been done by a Beaumont ophthalmic team in 2012 and she wanted the same team to treat her other eye.

We were in the most remote reaches of Eastern Africa, over 7,000 miles from home. Our patient probably couldn’t have told you where Detroit was on a map… but she knew, with her vision at stake, that she wanted a Beaumont surgeon.

The young girl underwent an uneventful surgery and her second eye turned out just as perfect as the first. I’m proud to be a part of a group of Beaumont health providers that serve people around the globe, traveling to other countries on their own time to help those in need.

Tagged , , , ,

6 thoughts on “Beaumont Eye Care Team Changes Lives in Kenya

  1. Maureen Bowman says:

    Lindsay – kudos to you and the team from Beaumont that truly made a difference in the lives of so many in need. I am humbled and so very proud to be associated with all of you.

    Maureen Bowman, VP and CNO

    • Steve James, CRNA President/Founder says:

      Hello Beaumont Health care providers,
      The Beaumont team has changed many lives in a town that time has forgotten. I’ve had the privilege of being with Dr. Tim Page and his team several times and little compares to seeing an old mama who felt worthless sitting at home with bilateral blindness now seeing her grandchildren for the first time. Kenya Relief would like to extend an invitation to other clinicians and surgeons outside ophthalmology. Visit us at to learn more.

  2. Sandra Marino says:

    I am not ashamed to say this brought a tear to my eye. I am so proud to work here and this is another example of why; the humanity you all show is exemplary.

  3. antariangirl93 says:

    Two members of my family are in this group in the picture. Thank you for being wonderful people and I’m glad you’re safe. It is honestly true that we are only memories in the lives of those we touch. The act of kindness you gave to those people is truly a sliver of hope for humanity.

  4. antariangirl93 says:

    Reblogged this on Just A Thought and commented:
    Two members of my family are in this group in the picture. The wonderful things they did for people who barely have hope is something we should all strive for.

  5. Kris says:

    Good will and a genuine heart goes a long way at beaumont. This article is so inspiring. God bless all of you who supported and took timeout of your life to help someone in need.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: