They could have continued at that pace for the remainder of his time there, but from the beginning, Feinerman’s goal was to teach the doctors there how to perform the surgery themselves.
Once they were shown how to do them, the doctors caught on quickly, and by the time Feinerman left, they were performing three surgeries a day.
“That’s better than zero,” which is what they were doing before, Feinerman said.
He’s planning on returning to Vietnam in about six months, just to follow up and see how they’re doing.
“I love what I do, we love what we do,” he said.
“It’s just nice to do it for the sake of doing it. There’s no ulterior motive other than just helping people, and that’s just really why I went into this in the first place.”
Every December, on the anniversary of his surgery, John Wilkins delivers Starbucks coffee and pastries to the staff at Feinerman’s office.
He said it’s his way of expressing his gratitude.
The Feinerman Vision Center, 320 Superior Ave., Suite 350, Newport Beach accepts requests for people interested in becoming a candidate for Project In-Sight. Submissions may be e-mailed to production@frank groffinc.com or faxed to (562) 438-1188. For more information, call (949) 631-4780 or go to www.feinermanvision.com.
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