Rand Paul snuck off to Guatemala to restore poor people’s sightSubmitted by realpolice on Thu, 08/21/2014 - 16:51
It’s tempting to think that Paul’s Guatemala trip was for political expedience, but history shows otherwise.
Eighteen years ago the then-full-time ophthalmologist performed eye surgery pro-bono for two Guatemalan brothers, Juan and Andres Hernandez. The nonprofit group Children of the Americas brought the brothers, along with other children from Guatemala, to Kentucky so they could receive the vision-restoring surgery.
When Paul performed those surgeries, a Senate seat was the furthest thing from his mind. Now, over a decade later, Senator Paul was able to see the brothers again and check up on their eye health—with only politics being out of sight.
“It was truly an amazing experience to see him reunite with the Hernandez brothers,” said Lisa Paul, Rand’s niece, who also supported the medical team during operations. “The lives of these two brothers completely changed after my uncle gave them the gift of a clear vision so it’s really great to see them together again after all these years.”