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Sep 25, 2017

Guatemala City, Guatemala 2017 – Day 6 – Elsie’s Adventure

Guatemala City, Guatemala

Medical volunteers are a special breed. Rotaplast volunteers vary in size, gender, profession, years of experience in their field, and number of medical missions with Rotaplast and other organizations. Oft... Read More »

Sep 23, 2017

Guatemala City, Guatemala 2017 – Day 5 – The Trek to Surgery

Guatemala City, Guatemala

Excitement bubbled on the ward before surgeries began today. Andrea, a Pediatrician, is one of our best patient advocates. She works tirelessly to ensure that patients and family members are kept in the lo... Read More »

Sep 23, 2017

Guatemala City, Guatemala 2017- Day 4 – Under the OR Lights

Guatemala City, Guatemala

The team downs some coffee and we’re off! After a busy first day of surgery yesterday we hope to have ironed out some of the first day kinks, and look forward to some smooth sailing operations tod... Read More »

Sep 23, 2017

Naypyitaw, Myanmar 2017 – Day 10 – Final Clinic

Naypyitaw, Myanmar

It was a productive mission topped off with a final clinic with most of the patients, and their families in attendance. Full house Final clinic is an emotional time for our team and the patients and their ... Read More »

Sep 22, 2017

Naypyitaw, Myanmar 2017 – Day 9 – Final day of surgery

Naypyitaw, Myanmar

Victoria carries another lad into surgery. Dr. Schepel and all of the OR teams have been on their feet for seven days. Today we fished our 63rd. and final patient of the mission. waiting his turn. That loo... Read More »

Sep 21, 2017

Naypyitaw, Myanmar 2017 – Day 8 – On the way to work today…

Naypyitaw, Myanmar

Our daily commute is about twenty minutes each way, and there generally is not a lot of traffic. Normally very uneventful, until today when a herd of water buffalo decided they wanted to cross the road, ... Read More »

Sep 21, 2017

Naypyitaw, Myanmar 2017 – Day 7 – It is not a skirt!

Naypyitaw, Myanmar

It is called a longyi. Longyis are worn by both men and women, but they are worn differently and the patterns and colors are simpler for the men. Young boys and girls do not wear longyis.   The child... Read More »

Sep 20, 2017

Guatemala City, Guatemala 2017 – Day 3 – First Day of Surgery

Guatemala City, Guatemala

Day one of surgery has started off with a bang! Our team began work at 6:30 am this morning, and as I write this at 6:00 pm the last surgery has just begun. Everyone has been upbeat and energized throughou... Read More »

Sep 20, 2017

Guatemala City, Guatemala 2017 – Day 2 – Clinic

Guatemala City, Guatemala

Today patients began arriving at the hospital, some as early as 3am. The inner courtyard of the hospital quickly filled with patients and family members as they patiently waited to be screened by our pedia... Read More »

Sep 20, 2017

Pereira, Colombia 2017 – Last Days

Pereira, Colombia

Baby whisperer in PACU In real life, Mark is a software engineer. On the Rotaplast mission to Pereira, he is the PACU assistant. The PACU is the unit that recovers the patients after surgery. Anyone that h... Read More »

Sep 20, 2017

Naypyitaw, Myanmar 2017 – Day – 6 Very Cheeky

Naypyitaw, Myanmar

The first thing a visitor to Myanmar notices is the yellow-white cosmetic treatment on the cheeks of both boys and girls. Called thanaka it is made by grinding the bark of a thanaka tree on a flat stone wi... Read More »

Sep 20, 2017

Naypyitaw, Myanmar 2017 – Day-5 Family Time on the Ward

Naypyitaw, Myanmar

The ward is where children and their families wait before and after surgery. Both Mom and Dad are here for their children. The hospital campus is large and Dad is with his son on the long walk to the OR... Read More »

Sep 19, 2017

Guatemala City, Guatemala 2017 – Day 1

Guatemala City, Guatemala

After a long night of redeye flights we finally made it to Guatemala City! Surgeons, Pediatricians, nurses, and other volunteers have come from the Boston, Rhode Island, Hawaii, Oregon, California, Washing... Read More »

Sep 19, 2017

Naypyitaw, Myanmar 2017 – Day-4 Meet the team

Naypyitaw, Myanmar

At the heart of any Rotaplast mission is the surgical suite with our three operating rooms. This is where the magic happens. Dr. Capozzi maintains total focus on the task at hand. Dr. Schepel flew in from... Read More »

Sep 17, 2017

Naypyitaw, Myanmar 2017 – Day-3 The magic begins

Naypyitaw, Myanmar

A Rotaplast team is always a newsworthy event. Medical director and co-founder of Rotaplast Dr. Angelo Capozzi is interviewed by the local news station. It takes a lot of team work to accomplish a successf... Read More »

Sep 16, 2017

Naypyitaw, Myanmar 2017 – Day 2- We meet the children

Naypyitaw, Myanmar

We have arrived! Our Hospital here in Naypitaw is very large with more than 1,000 beds. Located in an isolated compound, nestled on lush tree lined streets. The surgical center where we will do our magic... Read More »

Sep 16, 2017

Pereira, Colombia 2017 – Day 4

Pereira, Colombia

Meet America. She is six years old and lives in Colombia. America was born with six toes on her left foot.  At our first day clinic, she confided in Dr. Todd Farnworth that life at school was difficult fo... Read More »

Sep 16, 2017

Pereira, Colombia 2017 – Day 3

Pereira, Colombia

Surgeons do their best to lighten the mood and make everyone relax. The bravery displayed by these children is inspiring. Read More »

Sep 13, 2017

Naypyitaw, Myanmar 2017 – Day 1

Naypyitaw, Myanmar

Prior to a Rotaplast mission the most common question I am asked in a conversation with a friend frequently starts with the lead question, “So, where are you going next?” When I say “Myanmar” the r... Read More »

Sep 12, 2017

Pereira, Colombia 2017 – Day 2

Pereira, Colombia

  Preparing for surgery. Surgeries begin. Read More »


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Sep 25, 2017

Guatemala City, Guatemala...

Guatemala City, Guatemala

Medical volunteers are a special breed. Rotaplast volunteers vary in size, gender, profession, years of experience in their field, and number of medical missions with Rotaplast and other organizations. Oft... Read More »

Sep 23, 2017

Guatemala City, Guatemala...

Guatemala City, Guatemala

Excitement bubbled on the ward before surgeries began today. Andrea, a Pediatrician, is one of our best patient advocates. She works tirelessly to ensure that patients and family members are kept in the lo... Read More »