2012 Nagamangala, India

Aug 14, 2012

Day 1: A Journey to India

Nagamangala, India

Rotaplast International sends teams of medical volunteers out to the corners of the world almost every two weeks to perform cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries, for ten days at a t... Read More »

Aug 14, 2012

Day 2: The Opening Clinic

Nagamangala, India

On our first full day, sign-in, photography, and medical interview stations are set up inside the entrance to the hospital. Each of the hopeful patients have a file set up, their photo taken, and then move... Read More »

Aug 14, 2012

Day 3: The Surgery Begins

Nagamangala, India

Parents and relatives huddled near the entrance to the surgery while their children were on the operating tables. Mothers were brought into the recovery room as soon as possible after surgery to be reunite... Read More »

Aug 14, 2012

Day 4: A Rhythm Evolves

Nagamangala, India

Our meals are provided by the Rotarians of Bengalore North. Three times a day, we gather around two long tables in one of the open-air corridors. In a large adjoining room a buffet is set up and we are ser... Read More »

Aug 14, 2012

Day 5: Post-Surgical Care

Nagamangala, India

Surgeries begin at 8 AM so the first patients are wheeled out of the operating suite around 9:30 or 10:00 AM. The Anesthesiologist brings them to the recovery room where a hand-off occurs with the Pediatri... Read More »

Aug 17, 2012

Day 6: The patients’ world

Nagamangala, India

The physicians are the brains and hands of the team. The nurses and staff are the heart and feet. While the physicians focus on the specific medical issues presented by the patients, the nurses and staff w... Read More »

Aug 17, 2012

Day 7: Around the hospital

Nagamangala, India

Adichunchanagiri Hospital was constructed in the 1980’s and has close to three hundred beds. New construction and remodeling is going on at the present. It is a teaching hospital for nurses, doctors, den... Read More »

Aug 17, 2012

Day 8: The Volunteers

Nagamangala, India

Twenty eight volunteers traveled to Nagamangala, twenty medical staff and eight support members. Our ages range from around thirty to north of seventy. Our Rotaplast experience ranges from zero (four of us... Read More »

Aug 22, 2012

The Final Days and Farewell

Nagamangala, India

Closing out the mission is both chaotic and poignant. A final clinic is held for all surgery patients. Dressings are changed, and instructions for care are given. In most cases the initial post-surgery pai... Read More »

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