2014 Chittagong, Bangladesh

Feb 19, 2014

Arrival in Chittagong

Chittagong, Bangladesh

After two days of travel, Rotaplast team members from the USA met the Rotaplast Netherland team members in Chittagong, Bangladesh, the site of our current mission. From being examined by the pediatrician&#... Read More »

Feb 21, 2014

Surgical Days Have Begun

Chittagong, Bangladesh

Today (day two) we arrived at the hospital earlier than yesterday to get a jump start on surgery. We have a heavy case load each day of the mission with an anticipated case load of nearly 100 patients. In ... Read More »

Feb 21, 2014

Morning Rounds on Surgical Day Three

Chittagong, Bangladesh

A typical surgical day starts with pediatricians checking the first patients of the day as the ORs prepare for a full day of surgery. The rounds then move upstairs to the post-op ward to examine those from... Read More »

Feb 22, 2014

Day 3: Continues at Nurture Hospital

Chittagong, Bangladesh

   On this mission, Rotaplast is utilizing the Nurture Centre for the Disabled and Paralyzed Hospital founded by Nasreen Baqui. More on Nasreen's generosity and the history of its fou... Read More »

Feb 22, 2014

Meet Shiru

Chittagong, Bangladesh

Shiru, 22 stands with her mother in the pre-op ward.  One day when Shiru was 15, she returned home from school and began to cook.  She was alone at the time.  In seconds, kerosene explode... Read More »

Feb 24, 2014

Surgical Day 4 – First Patients of the Day

Chittagong, Bangladesh

Meet Uma. Uma, 2, came to Rotaplast last year to fix her bilateral cleft lip.  She returned this year to fix her cleft palate.  Her mother considers Umi very unlucky because of all she has endu... Read More »

Feb 24, 2014

Meet Fariha

Chittagong, Bangladesh

Fariha is a lovely energetic 4-year-old little girl.  Her young life took a dramatic turn when she was a year old. Like many toddlers learning to walk, Fariha was placed in a baby walker. As her litt... Read More »

Feb 24, 2014

Surgical Day Five

Chittagong, Bangladesh

Sharmin and Tasrin welcome us this morning from the balcony of the post-op ward.  They are joyful and are delighted to share their coloring artwork and speak English with us.  They are both rec... Read More »

Feb 25, 2014

Busy Afternoon

Chittagong, Bangladesh

Baby, 21 has lived with an open palate for all of her 21 years.  As a child her cleft lip was fixed. Now the cleft in her palate is too large for a safe operation. In order to help her, Read More »

Feb 25, 2014

Surgical Day 6

Chittagong, Bangladesh

This morning began with dressing changes for skin graft patients.  The initial dressing is wrapped during surgery.  In four or five days it needs to be changed again.  Many of our patient... Read More »

Feb 26, 2014

Learning to Brush Teeth

Chittagong, Bangladesh

  In addition to founding the Nurture Hospital, Nasreen Baqui also built a school near the hospital for the children of the nearby village.  This afternoon the school children paid a visit to t... Read More »

Feb 26, 2014

Surgical Day 7

Chittagong, Bangladesh

 The team arrives at the Nurture General Hospital for our final day of surgery.   "Nurture Centre for the Disabled and Paralyzed" was established by Nasreen Baqui.  Nasreen dete... Read More »

Feb 27, 2014

Meet Durjo

Chittagong, Bangladesh

  Durjo, 8 years old was born premature. At 7 days old, he was in a hospital nursery along with two other infants, an oxygen mask covering each little face.  One day, the electricity went out w... Read More »

Feb 28, 2014

Finishing up on Surgical Day 7

Chittagong, Bangladesh

 The team crowds around the lunch table to enjoy a special treat for lunch. Rafat’s (left) parents Rashid and Umu sponsored a delicious homemade meal prepared by Uma.  (R to L) Rafat, o... Read More »

Feb 28, 2014

Closing Clinic

Chittagong, Bangladesh

Closing clinic is a busy morning where Rotaplast sees all our patients for the last time on the trip.  It's a happy occasion and a little bitter sweet as we say good bye to those that we have com... Read More »

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