2013 Retalhuleu, Guatemala

Apr 4, 2013

Welcome to Retalhuleu, Guatemala!

Retalhuleu, Guatemala

Everyone gathered at 9 pm on the night of April 1st excited, energized, and eager to get to Guatemala.  We congregated in front of the 34 boxes, packed with medical supplies and equipment, making introdu... Read More »

Apr 5, 2013

Pre-Clinic

Retalhuleu, Guatemala

  The pre-clinic is generally the busiest day of the week – this mission was no exception. There were over 350 people waiting outside the hospital when we arrived at 6:45 am. Each medical profe... Read More »

Apr 6, 2013

Surgeries and Stories

Retalhuleu, Guatemala

The first day of surgery did not disappoint. In comparison to the pre-clinic the day was much more tame. There weren’t hundreds of people running around the hospital, which made it much easier to interac... Read More »

Apr 8, 2013

The Village Behind the Patients

Retalhuleu, Guatemala

They say it takes a village to raise a child, the same is true with the patients that come to the Rotaplast clinic. Many times patients live hours to days away from the hospital. Friends and family members... Read More »

Apr 8, 2013

Patients: Younger and Older

Retalhuleu, Guatemala

Glaids Preciosa and her mother, Nancy Elenora, are an absolutely beautiful and charming duo. Nancy expressed fear for her daughter’s future. She elaborated by telling us her life story. Nancy’s mother ... Read More »

Apr 9, 2013

Dedicated Volunteers, Caring Patients, Wonderful Mission

Retalhuleu, Guatemala

Rotaplast missions aim to give reconstructive surgeries to children with cleft lips and/or palates. Every once in a while families come to the clinic in hopes of obtaining help for non-cleft lip and/or �... Read More »

Apr 10, 2013

Our Wonderful Volunteers

Retalhuleu, Guatemala

We have had an extremely productive and professional team this year. I can honestly say that every team member had a a kind, generous, and fun disposition. We were able to serve 119 patients and perform 13... Read More »

Apr 14, 2013

Final Thoughts and Impressions

Retalhuleu, Guatemala

The entire two weeks that we were at the hospital I wandered around the different hospital wards with a giant smile stretched from cheek to cheek, greeting everyone that looked my way with kindness. My smi... Read More »

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