Copan Ruinas, Honduras - This was the most difficult thing I have ever taken a picture of: to be with someone when the doctor said, "This is very bad. This is cancer."
Doña Aura Lopez is only 30 years old and has one eight-year-old child. She said her first symptom was six years ago when an itchy mole appeared. She said she scratched it and then her eye progressively got worse.
The hardest part of this experience for me was when the doctor made Doña Aura cover her good eye and asked her if she could see. Crying she responded "Yes" as she pulled her hand down to look with her good eye. It was so painfully obvious that she had no vision.
The only thing the doctor could offer was to take a biopsy and pray for the best. If our prayers are answered this medical brigade can perform reconstructive/plastic surgery this coming April 2010.