2010 San Salvador, El Salvador

May 23, 2010

The Journey Begins, One Box at a Time!

San Salvador, El Salvador

  Monday evening, the Rotaplast Team met in San Francisco for our flight to San Salvador departing at 1:30 a.m. The quartermaster, Dick Burkhalter & his able bodied assistant, Talyon Sortor... Read More »

May 23, 2010

Day 1 Pre-Clinic

San Salvador, El Salvador

 Day 1 at the Hospital Militar- the team arrived at the hospital and were eagerly greeted by 98 walk-in patients, accompanied by their mothers & families. Everyone patiently waited th... Read More »

May 25, 2010

First Day of Surgeries

San Salvador, El Salvador

The team arrived at the hospital Thursdy morning at 7:15 am, after an early breakfast, ready for 12 surgeries. Meet Daisy Martinez  (lip recision) & Jennifer Marroquin (fistula) who arrived... Read More »

May 25, 2010

Day 2 – Twelve Surgeries Completed

San Salvador, El Salvador

One of our patients stole our hearts (all the children steal your heart actually). Meet Victor Ramirez (11 months), who was waiting for surgery for the repair of  right cleft lip.  The first ph... Read More »

May 25, 2010

Day 3

San Salvador, El Salvador

Saturday was a lighter day than expected, so the team was able to spend some time getting acquainted.  Mission Director Tom Fox with Rotarian & Ward coordinator Nancy Garver getting ready f... Read More »

May 27, 2010

Day 4 Meet Team Member Bonnie Dwyer

San Salvador, El Salvador

 A personal story by Bonnie Dwyer, Recovery Room assistant & quilter & a great team member Clinic Day-Faces What an amazing life adventure I am having, and how privileged I feel to be here in... Read More »

May 30, 2010

Day 5 (5/24), 4th Day of surgeries- 9 completed today/41 total

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   The team making morning rounds in pediatrics for the post operative patients.   The day started off with our breakfast at the hotel at 6 a.m. with a departure for the hospital at... Read More »

May 30, 2010

Day 6 of surgery- 12 surgeries today /53 completed

San Salvador, El Salvador

   Each day we are greeted with cheery faces at the hospital upon our arrival. Please meet Sandra Ireheta (a local Rotarian) and Dr. Diaz ( Dr. Diaz is a general in the San Salvador military) w... Read More »

May 30, 2010

Day 6 of surgery- 12 surgeries today /53 completed

San Salvador, El Salvador

      Each day we are greeted with cheery faces at the hospital upon our arrival. Please meet Sandra Ireheta (a local Rotarian) and Dr. Diaz ( Dr. Diaz is a general in the San Salva... Read More »

May 30, 2010

Day 7 of surgery- 14 surgeries today /67 completed

San Salvador, El Salvador

 The medical team discussing the day's caseload of 14 surgeries!  Today is our busiest day yet with 14 surgeries scheduled. We also have a visiting dignitary today, Mr. Robert Blau: C... Read More »

May 30, 2010

Day 7 of surgery- 14 surgeries today /67 completed

San Salvador, El Salvador

   The medical team discussing the day's caseload of 14 surgeries!  Today is our busiest day yet with 14 surgeries scheduled. We also have a visiting dignitary today, Mr. Robert... Read More »

May 30, 2010

Day 8 of surgery (5/28)-1 surgery today/80 completed/multiple procedures

San Salvador, El Salvador

       Medical Director Jim Callison with surgical nurses Jeanne Kille (Sandy, Utah) and Janice Crowder (Phoenix, AZ.) getting ready for surgery with Luis Al... Read More »

May 31, 2010

Our last day – Clinic Day & departure day

San Salvador, El Salvador

        "When you change a man's face you almost invariably change his future.  A plastic surgeon does not simply alter a man's face. He alters ... Read More »

May 31, 2010

Closing clinic & farewell party with the hospital staff & team

San Salvador, El Salvador

 We arrived at the hospital on Saturday morning at 8 a.m. with our patients and families anxiously waiting for us. Dr. Capozzi was eagerly greeted by one of his patients. During the clinic, the surge... Read More »

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