2009 Aracaju, Brazil

Aug 11, 2009

Touchdown in Brazil

Aracaju, Brazil

A few of us flew over the vastness that is Brazil as the sun was rising over the Atlantic then lunched in the coastal port city of Salvador while we waited for the late afternoon arrival of the team. The Read More »

Aug 11, 2009

Pre Op Clinic Day

Aracaju, Brazil

Regular followers of the Rotaplast blog know that each mission begins with a screening of all potential patients for surgery. The host organizers spread the word for weeks prior to the mission that free re... Read More »

Aug 12, 2009

Eliene and Elielma

Aracaju, Brazil

Eliene and Elielma, a 39 year old mother and 9 year old daughter, caught everyone's attention as they passed through the stations of our pre op clinic. Slight and shy, they both had untreated cleft lip... Read More »

Aug 13, 2009

Surgeries get underway today

Aracaju, Brazil

Today was our first day at the Sao Jose Hospital and we really made the most if it. We got the call from Todd yesterday that he finally cleared customs with our medical supplies in Sao Paulo and he could Read More »

Aug 14, 2009

A very rare case

Aracaju, Brazil

With a combined experience of 117 years in practice and 92 volunteer missions among them, you would think our four surgeons had seen it all. A four-year old boy came through our clinic with what must be qu... Read More »

Aug 14, 2009

Lucas: Patient 001

Aracaju, Brazil

You have to get up early to be first in line for a Rotaplast clinic but you're rewarded with patient number 001. Lucas and his family made the effort and he received his combined lip and palate repair ... Read More »

Aug 15, 2009

Rotaplast: The next generation

Aracaju, Brazil

Christin Blaney, a junior at Ohio State studying medical dietetics, is working in the post operative recovery room . Here are her impressions after the first few, 14-hour work days of the mission. I came o... Read More »

Aug 17, 2009

Handmade quilts: a touch of love

Aracaju, Brazil

Thanks to Wrap-a-Smile, each Rotaplast patient here in Aracaju has been rolled off to surgery under gorgeous, colorful handmade quilts. The operating suites are nicely air-conditioned for the comfort of th... Read More »

Aug 19, 2009

All Points Bulletin

Aracaju, Brazil

Elielma was ready for surgery when we arrived at Hospital São José at 6:30 this morning. She was the first patient of the day with her mom to follow in the afternoon. It was a happy ending that almost di... Read More »

Aug 19, 2009

An opportunity to learn and educate

Aracaju, Brazil

If an anesthesiologist has a defining skill it is airway management. Intubation, the ability to obtain and manage a patient's oxygenation and ventilation is at the core of all life saving techniques an... Read More »

Aug 20, 2009

Final day in Aracaju

Aracaju, Brazil

We maxed out our final day at the hospital with surgeries in the morning followed by our post op clinic in the afternoon. We had a great turnout for the post op which is always a hectic affair. About 70 Read More »

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