2010 Cumana, Venezuela

Jun 7, 2010

Day 1 Travel Caracas to Cumana

Cumana, Venezuela

The Rotaplast Mission to Cumana, Venezuela arrived after a short flight in a National Guard plane supplied  by the Venezuelan government.  The 30 volunteers, their luggage and supplies all were... Read More »

Jun 10, 2010

Day 2 Clinic

Cumana, Venezuela

    The work begins as we got an early start by arriving at a military base where all of potential patients and their families have congregated to await today’s evaluation.  There are a... Read More »

Jun 10, 2010

Day 3 The work begins

Cumana, Venezuela

Day 3-The operations begin.   Another rather early start today. We were on the bus for the hospital at 6:30 AM.     Our 35 boxes of supplies had been partially unpacked and set up o... Read More »

Jun 10, 2010

Day 4 My First Surgery Day

Cumana, Venezuela

  Check out the before and after photos below and the Mom's appreciation.  This kid's parents fought for the surgery for their daughter by getting new tests ran when she was turned down... Read More »

Jun 11, 2010

Day 5 Check out the results

Cumana, Venezuela

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Jun 11, 2010

Day 5 Continued

Cumana, Venezuela

After watching the surgeries yesterday I was certain that all our patients would be sore and cranky this morning.  I tagged along on doctors rounds  this morning to check out yesterday's su... Read More »

Jun 13, 2010

Day 6 The mission team at work

Cumana, Venezuela

We are going to focus on our team today.  We are a group of 30 from 3 countries: the USA, Canada, and Uruguay.  In addition, we have numerous Venezuelan Rotary volunteers and a large group of v... Read More »

Jun 14, 2010

Day 8 My Day with the dentists.

Cumana, Venezuela

  We have two dentists with us on this mission. Normally they are present to extract teeth that, during surgery, it has been determined, need to be removed. One dentist is a newcomer to Rotaplast mis... Read More »

Jun 16, 2010

Day 9 – Johnny and our crew

Cumana, Venezuela

I spent some time with Johnny the last two days. Johnny is age 30 and had traveled 6 hours to get to our clinic. He tells me that this is his fourth surgery on his face, palate, nose and lip, Read More »

Jun 16, 2010

Day 10- Our Last day of surgeries

Cumana, Venezuela

Day 10 Yesterday as I was roaming the wards of the hospital where our patients were waiting or recovering, I came upon a 10-year-old girl with, what appeared to be, facial burns over maybe 80% of her face ... Read More »

Jun 23, 2010

Day 11 Final after Clinic visit to our patients.

Cumana, Venezuela

Please enjoy the photos of our kids as they prepare to go home to a new and better life.    Read More »

Jun 23, 2010

Day 12 and 13 The Mission ends.

Cumana, Venezuela

Up at 3:30 AM, on the bus to the airport for our C-130 Hercules Military aircraft to return us to Caracas airport and our flight home,  Well almost… the plane had mechanical problems and did no... Read More »

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