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Rand Paul on Families & Children

 


Volunteer eye surgery for blind kids in Guatemala

In a makeshift operating room in remote Guatemala, a side of Senator Rand Paul most people have never seen: The eye surgeon, on a mission to help the blind and near-blind see in a country where more than half the population lives in poverty. He's one of 28 American volunteers organized by the Moran Eye Center in Utah.

Rand Paul says, "This is an amazing enterprise. We have a surgery center. We have a dental clinic and we have a place doing glasses."

Scores of people line up every day for a week--hoping American doctors can give them their sight--and their lives back. A 79 year-old great-grandmother who has cataracts. A farmer just wants to see again so he can work in his field. A mission to restore sight, and hope, to the poorest of the poor.

When asked if this helps his presidential ambitions, Paul notes, "I've been doing this kinda stuff for 20 years--I think the first kids I operated on were 1996. This isn't something new that we're doing. A physician is who I am."

Source: Meet the Press 2014 interviews of 2016 presidential hopefuls , Aug 24, 2014

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