2016 Retalhuleu, Guatemala

Mar 31, 2016

Retalhuleu, Guatemala 2016 – Days One and Two

Retalhuleu, Guatemala

Most of the Rotaplast team on the Retalhuleu mission to Guatemala gathered at SFO Sunday night and met the rest of the team in Houston. We flew through the night to Guatemala City and then drove in a convo... Read More »

Mar 31, 2016

Retalhuleu, Guatemala 2016 – Day Three

Retalhuleu, Guatemala

The first full day of surgeries was inspiring. One father and his teenage son walked eight hours to the hospital. Another young girl, Angelica, had never been to school because of her cleft lip. She never ... Read More »

Mar 31, 2016

Retalhuleu, Guatemala 2016 – Day Four

Retalhuleu, Guatemala

Over the last two days, our team has performed 34 surgeries. The ripples from this work spread wide. Each patient, and his/her family, their village and school are changed for the better. Like Angelica, th... Read More »

Apr 1, 2016

Retalhuleu, Guatemala 2016 – Day Five

Retalhuleu, Guatemala

Mission Director Randy Floyd carries a young girl into surgery. The surgeries continue on Friday. The team has gelled in the last three days, and an already smooth operation is humming along. Each day 17 m... Read More »

Apr 4, 2016

Retalhuleu, Guatemala 2016 – Day Six

Retalhuleu, Guatemala

Saturday was the end of a long week of registering, examining, doing surgeries and helping the patients in recovery. Dozens of patients have already gone home with their parents, and we hope that they all ... Read More »

May 15, 2016

Retalhuleu, Guatemala 2016 – Day Seven

Retalhuleu, Guatemala

After a welcome day of rest on Sunday, the Rotaplast team began a new week of treating dozens of children needing surgery for misshapen noses, cleft lips, cleft palates and oral fistulas. Many of the patie... Read More »

May 15, 2016

Retalhuleu, Guatemala 2016 – Days Eight and Nine

Retalhuleu, Guatemala

The last two days of surgeries flew past in a blur of babies, Mayan embroidery, scrubs and the routine of taking vital signs, prepping for anesthesia, intubating, cutting and skillfully reconstructing mout... Read More »

May 15, 2016

Retalhuleu, Guatemala 2016 – Day Ten

Retalhuleu, Guatemala

The last clinical day was almost like a reunion. We had been hoping that the majority of our patients would return for post-op exams, to be checked for infections and any complications. Thankfully, many of... Read More »

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Mar 5, 2017

Days Eleven and Twelve: P...

Guatemala City, Guatemala

As is customary on the last day of the mission, today the doctors conducted the final post-operation examinations. All of the patients that returned to be evaluated were doing remarkably well. It was parti... Read More »

Mar 1, 2017

Day Ten: Seventh Day of S...

Guatemala City, Guatemala

This morning when we arrived to the hospital, we found the lobby of the operating room decorated with red balloons. On the wall, a banner and heart-shaped poster conveyed a warm message of gratitude from t... Read More »