Before COVID-19 upended our lives, our Litigation Associate, Danielle Sullivan was fortunate enough to travel to Tanzania with the University of Utah’s John A. Moran Eye Center. The team completed nearly 300 cataract surgeries over a four day period at a hospital located in the city of Mwanza. The team was also there to train local optometrists, nurses and other medical staff in the region. Amongst the patients was a 16 year old refugee who lost his sight to cataracts in both eyes four years ago and had not been able to attend school. He had bilateral cataract surgery and was overjoyed to be able to see again and return to school. He now wants to become a doctor.
“The trip was an amazing opportunity to give back to a community of people who are so resilient, peaceful and kind. The experience definitely puts life into perspective,” explains Danielle. “I am so fortunate to work for a firm that allows me to go ‘off the grid’ for a bit and supports my experiences.” Photographed are patients awaiting patch removal following their cataract surgeries, and Danielle photograph with Sister Theresa before her surgery.