2016 Cumana, Venezuela

Sep 22, 2016

Pre Clinic Day

Cumana, Venezuela

The children and their families were ready and waiting when we arrived. Every child receives a careful exam before they are cleared for surgery. Dr. Jesperson is examining this young boy. Some patients are... Read More »

Sep 23, 2016

Where Smiles Are Made

Cumana, Venezuela

How do you go from cleft to smile? First stop is the Operating room. Add a highly skilled medical team. Now you have the team that can make the magic happen. When he awakens, it will be to a new Read More »

Sep 24, 2016

Day 3 – Yaismar

Cumana, Venezuela

Yaismar’s mother brought her daughter to Cumana when she first heard there was a Rotaplast mission in Cumana. Yaismar was born with a very large gap in the roof of her mouth. A cleft palate is a gap in t... Read More »

Sep 25, 2016

Day 4 – “What a Difference a Day Makes”

Cumana, Venezuela

In this composite photo you are looking in the doors of each of our three operating rooms as they work on three patients at the same time. To date we have completed over 55 surgeries on patients. Our host... Read More »

Sep 27, 2016

Day 5 – More Smiles More Friends

Cumana, Venezuela

Samuel  is a boy that was here three years ago, and I remember him well. He has a ready smile, a quick handshake, and he likes to tell stories. My favorite is his 101 girlfriends. I can see why he Read More »

Sep 28, 2016

Why We Volunteer

Cumana, Venezuela

When I share the Rotaplast story back home invariably I am asked if it is hard to find doctors and nurses for a mission. It is an amazing commitment of their skills and time yet on mission after mission th... Read More »

Sep 29, 2016

Last Day of Surgery

Cumana, Venezuela

Mission time is measured in days of surgery, and we have only seven days of surgery to accomplish our mission. Every day is important, but even more important is the safety of every child. Our team is focu... Read More »

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As the end of our journey to Guatemala with the Rotaplast International team, we are grateful to be of help and filled with sadness that it will come to an end.  This has truly been a journey into oneself... Read More »

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