2012 Karaikal, India

Aug 30, 2012

The Beginnings

Karaikal, India

Just one week after the Nagamangala, India team returned home after their mission, the Karaikal team began their adventure to India. Most of the team met in San Francisco, although we picked up members in ... Read More »

Sep 4, 2012

Day 1: Meeting Our Hosts

Karaikal, India

One of the greatest rewards of being a Rotarian and volunteering with Rotaplast is the opportunity to meet, work with, and create fellowship with Rotarians from around the world. To say that fellowship mak... Read More »

Sep 6, 2012

Day 2: Meeting Our Patients

Karaikal, India

Long before the Rotaplast team arrives, local Rotarians begin spreading the word about the upcoming clinic. Rotaplast spread the word far and wide and it’s amazing just how far the word travels. Many of ... Read More »

Sep 6, 2012

Surgeries

Karaikal, India

Today we start doing what we came here to do, saving smiles and changing lives. The surgical team, under the careful direction of Debby Dean, RN has their schedules, instructions, and everything in place a... Read More »

Sep 6, 2012

Day 4: Kalliyappan and Saraswathi

Karaikal, India

Our patients aren’t just numbers on a chart, they have names and faces and stories to tell. Too often, in the effort it takes to treat as many as we can in the short time that we have, we lose Read More »

Sep 6, 2012

Culture, History and Rotary

Karaikal, India

Karaikal is rich in history and tradition. Local Rotarian K. Raghavasamy invited me to his home to learn about the history of Karaikal and the work that’s been done by Rotaplast over the past eight years... Read More »

Sep 7, 2012

Meet Sangeetha

Karaikal, India

Little Sangeetha came to us one afternoon during a walk in clinic. Sangeetha fit all the criteria for a priority case; cleft lip, less than six years old. By getting the surgery done this young, she’ll g... Read More »

Sep 7, 2012

Meet Sinthuja

Karaikal, India

The first time I really get to visit with people is in pre-op. It’s a time when parents are nervous, kids are scared, restless, and hungry, and there’s a general drive to get patients double checked an... Read More »

Sep 10, 2012

Snapshots

Karaikal, India

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Sep 10, 2012

Saying Farewell

Karaikal, India

This will be my last post from Karaikal. The final days of clinic, packing, saying goodbye, and travel are hectic and chaotic to say the least. Again, our hosts, the Rotary Club of Karaikal and the Vinayak... Read More »

Sep 14, 2012

The Karaikal Team

Karaikal, India

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