A helping hand

No surgeon in the United States performed more charity medical and elective surgical eye care between 2000-2013

Frustrated by barriers to the medical and surgical care of charity patients and the absolute refusal of Georgetown University, George Washington University and John’s Hopkins Hospitals to accept charity referrals, Dr, Duplessie decided to do something about it.  

In 13 years, those “charitable ” institutions accepted only one referral patient. 

Opening a surgery center and relying on religious organizations for financial screening, he accepted all charity patients.  At one point 15 Canadian doctors a year came to train with Dr. Duplessie and treat charity patients. He did an unprecedented amount of charity eye surgery and medical care.  The success of the charity ultimately became it’s undoing. Patient’s arriving from Iran, Mt. Athos Greece, Tibet, illustrated a world wide need but ultimately exceeded the finances of a single surgeon.

One of our referral sources

Mercy Health Clinic is full of wonderful people.  

Additional bonus: Teaching 15 doctors a year the importance of charity.

The expansion of our surgery center was turned down.  There were and still are no other real alternatives for poor people. This denial contributed to our closure in 2013.