2013 Cebu City, Philippines

Oct 11, 2013

Destination

Cebu City, Philippines

Up in the Air On Monday, October 7th, 22 medical and non-medical Rotaplast volunteers boarded planes in San Francisco, Pittsburg, Denver, Seattle, Sacramento, and Spokane bound for Cebu City, Philippines. ... Read More »

Oct 11, 2013

Clinic Day

Cebu City, Philippines

Patience We expected 8o people – maybe 100 – but when the line was finally down to zero, well after dark despite a 7am start, the Rotaplast team had seen 158 patients.  It’s not simply t... Read More »

Oct 11, 2013

First Day of Surgery

Cebu City, Philippines

The Real Work Begins The waiting area is full.  The operating rooms transformed. The Rotaplast team eager to get started. Patients and their families together, waiting their turn. Life Before, Life After ... Read More »

Oct 12, 2013

Life Before, Life After (Part 1)

Cebu City, Philippines

Just an Hour of your Time Please The reason the Rotaplast team is here is because of the difference one surgery, sometimes as short as one hour, can make in a child’s life. To carry the stigma of cle... Read More »

Oct 14, 2013

Life Before, Life After (Part 2)

Cebu City, Philippines

Give Me a Chance – at School, at Life Children with cleft lip and palate are too often rejected from society, starting with rejection at school. Many drop out at a very young age because they’r... Read More »

Oct 15, 2013

Magnitude 7.2 Cebu Bohol Earthquake

Cebu City, Philippines

Safe, Thankful, Hopeful At about 8:10am this morning in Cebu City, Philippines, we experienced a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that lasted over 30 seconds. The epicenter was in nearby Bohol. All Rotaplast patie... Read More »

Oct 18, 2013

When and where can we get started again?

Cebu City, Philippines

Tired, Uncertain It was a long and unforgettable day. No one wanted this medical mission to be over.  There are too many kids counting on this team for help. Many waited all day with their families o... Read More »

Oct 19, 2013

It’s Pretty Black & White

Cebu City, Philippines

Clarity If anything, a near-disaster brings clarity.  It is so clear why Rotaplast does this work.  Why the pediatricians, surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, patient transporters, sterilizers... Read More »

Oct 26, 2013

Life Before, Life After (Part 3)

Cebu City, Philippines

Give Me a Chance? These kids, born with cleft lip or palate or both, just want a better chance in life.  A better chance at staying healthy, developing self-esteem, staying in school, and eventually ... Read More »

Oct 26, 2013

Life Before, Life After (Part 4)

Cebu City, Philippines

Cleft Palate – Heard if not Seen Similar to a cleft lip, which is the result of incomplete facial development during gestation, a cleft palate is when the roof of the mouth fails to fuse together. Im... Read More »

Oct 26, 2013

The Team

Cebu City, Philippines

Twenty two Rotaplast volunteers, dozens of local medical and non-medical volunteers, and the local Rotary Club of Cebu Port Centre made this trip possible. Rotaplast Team (US-Based) Surgeons: Dr. Angelo Ca... Read More »

Oct 26, 2013

Life Before, Life After (Part 5)

Cebu City, Philippines

Mission Accomplished Despite losing two days due to the 7.2 magnitude Cebu Bohol earthquake, the Rotaplast team of medical and non-medical volunteers operated on 53 patients to repair cleft lip and/o... Read More »

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