Though he is quickly becoming a possible GOP contender for a presidential run in 2016, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is also a practicing ophthalmologist providing free surgeries to those in need.
Or as National Review publisher Jack Fowler said in a Monday morning tweet, “Rand Paul gets his doctor on.”
— Jack Fowler (@jackfowler) August 26, 2013
National Review’s Katrina Trinko reported on one of Dr. Paul’s most recent pro bono eye surgeries – on 55-year-old Cynthia Burke, who had a cataract removed from her right eye.
“Oh my God. Oh my God,” Burke said to the doctors moments after her surgery, according to Trinko’s report. “You have on blue clothes.”
According to the article:
In recent years, Paul has done between 10 and 15 eye surgeries a year for free. “I’ve always done some since I’ve been in practice,” he recounts. In 1995, Paul founded the Southern Kentucky Lions Eye Clinic, which provided free eye care for low-income people, “because I wanted to be able to give back to the community.” He did free operations for locals and also for children who had come all the way from Guatemala.
Burke, who said she had “no vision at all” in her right eye, was not only thrilled to see again, she was excited “the senator of Kentucky” did her surgery.
“Nobody else will ever believe that Rand Paul, the senator of Kentucky, did my cataract surgery,” Burke said. “The girls at work are going to say, ‘No, no, no,’ and I’m going to say, ‘Oh, yes.’”
Burke joked that “she should ask Paul to inscribe a small tattoo under her eyelid that shows he did her surgery so people will know she’s telling the truth,” Trinko wrote.