2013 Lima, Peru

Jun 7, 2013

Opening Clinic in Lima, Peru

Lima, Peru

A team of 27 medical and non-medical Rotaplast volunteers from across the USA and Canada arrived at the Hospital National Arzobispo Loayza on opening clinic morning. We were greeted by Dra. Mar... Read More »

Jun 7, 2013

Surgery Begins

Lima, Peru

Valezka was one of the first surgeries of day one. She is a happy healthy baby of 4 months old.  She is the first child of her parents, Fiorella and Gustabo.  They live in the Rainforest approx... Read More »

Jun 9, 2013

Getting into the Flow

Lima, Peru

As with any mission, there comes a time when a natural flow among our team organization emerges.  That natural flow often sits side by side with obstacles and challenges that arise on any given minut... Read More »

Jun 9, 2013

Making Friends in the Pre-Op Ward

Lima, Peru

Valerie is our ward coordinator. She reviews the schedule each morning and ensures that all patients are accounted for and ready the morning of surgery. If the schedule changes throughout... Read More »

Jun 12, 2013

The Importance of Speech Therapy

Lima, Peru

Children with a deformity to their palate like the fistula (hole) seen here, are unable to pronounce sounds correctly. Often they sound nasal and/or have air seeping through their palate or alv... Read More »

Jun 12, 2013

Every Child is a Priority

Lima, Peru

  Today is day number 5 of our 7 day surgical mission. We examine walk-ins nearly everyday. As of today we have screened 128 patients.  Some will get surgery, others will not, simply because th... Read More »

Jun 12, 2013

Wrap-A-Smile

Lima, Peru

I’ve traveled on a number of Rotaplast missions and am always charmed by the beautifully made quilts given to each patient in recovery. It is a privilege during this mission to work with Valarie, a membe... Read More »

Jun 13, 2013

The Children We’ve Come to Love

Lima, Peru

   Angel, 11 months needs a repair to his soft palate.  Angel was born premature and is small for his age.  After a final examination by the anesthesia team, it was decided this mor... Read More »

Jun 14, 2013

Generosity of Rotarians

Lima, Peru

Rotaplast missions would not be possible without the generous support from our Rotary partners. Our team is very fortunate to have two Rotary Clubs from Lima involved with the Rotaplast Mission. Jorge Joel... Read More »

Jun 19, 2013

Rotaplast Team Returns Home

Lima, Peru

It’s been several days since our team of 27 medical and non-medical professionals returned to our homes.  In total, 77 people received free surgery due to the generosity of all those involved in Ro... Read More »

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