2010 Tacna, Peru

Apr 28, 2010

Our First Day

Tacna, Peru

Ken Funk, our mission director proclaimed upon our arrival in Tacna that this had to be one of his smoothest trips and check-ins in his career as Mission Director with Rotaplast.  With six stints as Missi... Read More »

Apr 28, 2010

Clinic Day – our second

Tacna, Peru

Clinic day, the day before our first surgeries, the day we screen potential patients for surgery the day of organized chaos. This is when those with the mission experience take charge and it shows.  To an... Read More »

Apr 30, 2010

Third day – Surgery

Tacna, Peru

Dr. Hugo Sanchez, head of Tacna Hospital, said that Rotaplast is engraved in his heart. With the help and coordination of the local Rotary Club of Tacna on our first day of surgery we were off and running.... Read More »

Apr 30, 2010

Fourth day – Surgery

Tacna, Peru

Jean Pierre, a little cutie, came in today for hand surgery.   He certainly kept us entertained with his charisma. Dr. Doumit and Dr. Walchak performed our only primary lip surgery on Jhon Bradley.  He w... Read More »

May 1, 2010

Fifth day – Surgery

Tacna, Peru

Percy Jesus came to us on clinic day with a burn scar on his neck. He had traveled with his family from the mountain city of Ariquipa, 8 hours from Tacna. His surgery was initially scheduled for the next d... Read More »

May 3, 2010

Sixth day – Surgery

Tacna, Peru

Fernando charmed us with his gentle nature. He told Dr. Farnworth he already had lots of toys, but that his mother had bought him a special new one for after his surgery. Dr. Farnworth performed an operati... Read More »

May 4, 2010

Seventh day – Surgery

Tacna, Peru

Maria (R) spent the night waiting for surgery for her congentially malformed ear. She met Agueda (L) when we moved her from a stuffy, isolated room where she had been recuperating from a skin graft, for 5 ... Read More »

May 5, 2010

Eighth day – Surgery

Tacna, Peru

Among the 10 doctors on the Tacna team are two who grew up together in Ahmedabad, Gujarat (near Mumbai), India. Falguni Patel, anesthesiologist, and Divya Joshi, pediatrician, have been friends for 30 year... Read More »

May 6, 2010

Ninth day – Surgery – The Earthquake the Night Before

Tacna, Peru

We started our day with “the Jaguars”, little Andy and Margoth Escamilla and Recovery Room Nurse from Levittown, New York, also named Margoth. She is always seen with a beaming smile and positi... Read More »

May 12, 2010

Tenth day – Clinic

Tacna, Peru

Our last day, clinic day, the day when our patients come for their follow up visit before our departure. The time when we are able the see the results of the 81 surgeries performed these past days. And las... Read More »

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