Today my heart has been broken. I knew and worked side by side with Paris for many years. I not only considered him my friend but looked up to him as a father figure. I am having a hard time coming to grips with his passing. The blessing I have is knowing I had an opportunity to see and visit with Paris back in July. He was the same old Paris great warm smile and welcomed me home like I hadn't been gone a day. It had been twenty years. To me he was invincible but the most human human being anyone was blessed to meet. Together but it was all Paris's hard work and dedication. Man did he work hard. I can't say together but I was there when he began to create his legacy. His first Surgery Center on 4th St. What an honor it was to work with and learn everything I know about Ophthalmology I learned by this man.
My heart goes out to Afie, his children, and his sister. May God bless you all. I would love to hear from you.
I will truly miss our adventures in the jungles of far away lands performing miracle after miracle. Bringing the passion of restoring sight to the world with us.
I'll never ever forget and he reminded me of the time I think it was our second trip to Panama and we're deep in the jungle doing what we did best. We had performed surgery on our native friends and I decided to explore the jungle on my own. So I hiked around eating wild mangoes and papaya not a care in the world. Proud of our accomplishments and what could be achieved with so little. Well to make a long story longer LOL. So we were leaving the next morning and as I was getting packed and looking in the mirror I couldn't see my eyes had swollen shut and I had poison ivy all over the place. I looked worse that quasi moto. Then I had to travel all the way home looking like a leaper. Of course Paris was concerned but hell we had to laugh. His words of encouragement were "guess you won't do that again"
Paris I LOVED YOU AND WILL FOREVER MISS YOU. I'LL SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE.