2012 Kanyakumari, India

Apr 5, 2012

Arrival in India

Kanyakumari, India

After over 24 hours of travel, twenty Rotaplast team members from various parts of the USA arrived in India at 4am on April 3. A large contingent of Rotarians greeted us at the airport with silk shawls and... Read More »

Apr 6, 2012

Meeting the Families at Opening Clinic

Kanyakumari, India

At Richardsons Dental and Craniofacial Hospital, we were greeted immediately by a number of waiting families who showed bright smiles along with their colorful dress. As the heat of the day rose, time flew... Read More »

Apr 6, 2012

Surgery has Begun at Richardson’s Dental and Craniofacial Hospital

Kanyakumari, India

Dr. Sunil Richardson and Dr. Shweta Richards, owners of Richardsons Hospital, have gone out of their way to provide everything our team has needed, from additional medications to basic necessities like foo... Read More »

Apr 10, 2012

Tamil and Malayalam: Languages of the Region

Kanyakumari, India

There are two local languages spoken by the people of this region; Tamil and Malayalam. While a high percentage of people in India speak and understand English, many do not. The majority of people who are ... Read More »

Apr 10, 2012

Father and Child

Kanyakumari, India

The team has witnessed a strong bond between the father and his child in many of the families. When the child is distressed, many times it is the father that the child reaches for; it is the father that ha... Read More »

Apr 10, 2012

Rotaplast helping Burn Victims

Kanyakumari, India

  Disfiguring burns are a regular aliment we are seeing in patients on this mission. A common cause seems to be people caught in the explosion of kerosene stoves. Dishon is 29 years old. Four years a... Read More »

Apr 11, 2012

Rare Nostril Cleft

Kanyakumari, India

As of our 6th day of surgery, the team has evaluated more than 130 patients and today, more stream in, hoping they are a candidate and that there is a slot on the schedule for tomorrow; our last surgical d... Read More »

Apr 12, 2012

All Smiles

Kanyakumari, India

Dr. Michael helps this little guy from yesterday listen to his own heart. Today, his Mom is all smiles as her son is discharged from the hospital with his nostril cleft repaired Read More »

Apr 12, 2012

Roof Top Dinning

Kanyakumari, India

Our team has been treated very well by our host Rotarians. Each evening an event is planned in our honor. Often we are dinner guests at a Rotarian’s home. Last evening we were graciously treated to a won... Read More »

Apr 13, 2012

Successful Surgeries

Kanyakumari, India

The last day of surgery marked a successful mission to Kanyankumari, India. A total of 68 patients received life changing procedures. Children had their lips fixed, others had their palates corrected. Many... Read More »

Apr 19, 2012

Saying Good-Bye in India

Kanyakumari, India

The Rotaplast Team of Kanyakumari left India on Sunday with fond memories and the knowledge that we provided an opportunity for the children and families of Nagercoil to receive life changing surgeries. We... Read More »

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