- A Whopper of an honor: Local company named top Burger King franchisee (11/15/17)3
- Federal jury finds surgeon Fonn guilty of kickback scheme (11/10/17)4
- Jackson elementary students try to help others with 'kindness boxes' (11/6/17)1
- Southern Illinois farmer's grapevines destroyed by dicamba; four years of work lost (10/29/17)2
- Aldi store reopens after renovations (11/14/17)3
- Chantelle Becking strives to make a difference through her family and community (11/10/17)
- Residents view pedestrian bridge as eyesore; city manager says it's designed to rust (11/13/17)8
- Cape County boy writes letter, hears from President Donald Trump (11/10/17)
- Medical marijuana may go to voters for decision (11/8/17)4
- Fourth-grade teacher Andrea Cox teaches students how to code, adapt to new technology (11/10/17)
Hector's new outlook
Hector Gomez has perfect vision today, thanks to concerned doctors in Jackson and Cape Girardeau.
Dr. Ramiro Icaza is a general practitioner in Jackson who makes medical mission trips to Nicaragua, his homeland. While in Nicaragua last month, Icaza was approached by Eric Gomez, who asked if Icaza could do something about his son's crossed eyes, known as strabismus. Upon returning to the U.S. Icaza asked Dr. Marybeth Kapp, a Cape Girardeau pediatric ophthalmologist, for help. Kapp is the only doctor between St. Louis and Memphis who is board certified to do the corrective surgery Hector needed.
This month, arrangements were made to fly Hector and his father to Cape Girardeau, where Kapp did the 45-minute surgery at facilities offered by Physicians Alliance Surgery Center in Cape Girardeau, which also provided an anesthetist.
It is cooperative efforts like this that make us proud of the generosity of our doctors. It also makes us proud to have such highly qualified medical experts as friends and neighbors.
We are sure Hector and Eric Gomez have already said it many times, but it bears repeating: Thank you to everyone who had a hand in this wonderful medical mission.