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Aug 19, 2018

Day 5 – Raining Smiles

, Monrovia, Liberia

It is the rainy season here in Liberia so we shouldn’t be surprised it rains – in fact, it rains a lot, in monsoon-like downpours. On the positive side the rain brings the temperature down but ... Read More »

Aug 17, 2018

Day 4 – The Patient Journey

, Monrovia, Liberia

Many of the people traveling to St Joseph’s Hospital have traveled several hours by multiple shared taxi rides, buses or on foot. With rain, this can add an extra hour because of traffic or flooded r... Read More »

Aug 16, 2018

Day 3 – Surgery, Clinic and Radio Stars

, Monrovia, Liberia

Everyone was excited to start the first surgery day as this is what we are here for – transforming lives through life changing surgery! I also wanted to share our first pre and post photographs. This... Read More »

Aug 15, 2018

Day 2 – Clinic Day

Monrovia, Liberia

With the medical team now licensed to work in Liberia day-2 began with clinic set up of all the stations – medical records, photography, nurses station, surgeons, and pediatrician.  People had been ... Read More »

Aug 13, 2018

Day 1 – Getting The Formalities in Order

Monrovia, Liberia

There are always some challenges to overcome on every mission and this mission was going to be no exception. Despite having all the paperwork sent ahead of time for having the medical team credentialed and... Read More »

Aug 13, 2018

Long Journey – Meeting New and Old Friends

Monrovia, Liberia

Team members met up at Dulles International after traveling from many parts of the US – Hawaii, California, Florida, Oregon, Louisiana and Pennsylvania. This was a chance for those who had worked tog... Read More »

Aug 2, 2018

Day 9 – Never Never Land

Naypyitaw, Myanmar

Netherlands Rotary is a major sponsor of this mission.  Not only did they provide the mission with financial support, they provided the mission with volunteer support with Marianne Koebrugge, Marie-Jose d... Read More »

Aug 2, 2018

Day 8 – Happy New Year and Happy Birthday

Naypyitaw, Myanmar

The start of a new year brings new beginnings and a hope for better things to come. Sometimes, it’s a blessing because we may have suffered loss throughout the year and want for a fresh start. And so... Read More »

Aug 1, 2018

Day 7 – The shoe that grows

Naypyitaw, MyanmarNaypyitaw, Myanmar

Many of the volunteers on the mission belong to other non-profit organizations.  Diana, our medical records keeper, introduced us, and the kids of the mission, to The Shoe that Grows  https://theshoethat... Read More »

Jul 30, 2018

Day 6 – Time

Naypyitaw, Myanmar

Warning: this article includes graphic images some readers may find disturbing. “Time is the most valuable thing that a man can spend.” –  Diogenes Laërtius We are here as volunteers, giving... Read More »

Jul 30, 2018

Day 5 – Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Naypyitaw, Myanmar

A surgical team is made up of  at least a surgeon, an anesthesiologist and a scrub and circulating nurse.  A cleft lip surgery usually spans about 45 minutes and a palate about 90 minutes.   A typical ... Read More »

Jul 29, 2018

Day 4 – Transformers

Naypyitaw, Myanmar

The day the team has been waiting for, the first surgical day. We arrive at the hospital early to ensure both operating rooms are set up and medical supplies are properly stored for easy access. Following ... Read More »

Jul 27, 2018

Day 2 and 3 – A picture worth a thousand words

Naypyitaw, Myanmar

After a 30 hour journey from San Francisco, the team enjoyed a quiet evening of Myanmar cuisine, team bonding and jet lag recovery. Day 2 started with the entire Rotaplast team, including local medical sta... Read More »

Jul 26, 2018

Day 1 – Thinking outside of boxes

Naypyitaw, Myanmar

There are no words to describe a mother’s anguish knowing her child is born with a birth defect like a cleft lip and/or palate. Although it is more common in developing countries, these young mothers... Read More »

Jul 16, 2018

Apartado, Colombia 2018 – Day Nine – A Wild Travel Day

Apartado, Colombia

Hello! Sad but looking forward to moving on, we had a little time to sleep in this morning, check out, and wind up any outstanding details. After the group photo above, we headed for the airport. We said a... Read More »

Jul 15, 2018

Apartado, Colombia 2018 – Day Eight – Post-Op Clinic

Apartado, Colombia

This is possibly the best day of all! The medical team had encouraged all patients to return to the hospital for a post-op appointment, and the majority came back. The surgeons took a look at their healing... Read More »

Jul 13, 2018

Apartado, Colombia 2018 – Day Seven – Final Day of Surgeries

Apartado, Colombia

It was another great day here! It was our last day of surgery. How the time has flown! The surgeons accomplished 8 surgeries today! A total of 59 surgeries have been completed, and multiple speech patholog... Read More »

Jul 10, 2018

Apartado, Colombia 2018 – Day Six – This is Just How We Roll

Apartado, Colombia

Hello! Above you will see some of the OR crew. From left to right are Marilyn Santiago, veteran OR Nurse; Leidy, Scrub Nurse from Colombia; Natalia Cardona, DDS; Dr. Jorge Cardona, Dental Surgeon; and Dr. ... Read More »

Jul 8, 2018

Apartado, Colombia 2018 – Day Five – Hola From Colombia

Apartado, Colombia

Hola! Today we accomplished eight surgeries. Most of our patients are older children or young adults and several are having secondary surgeries. Several young women who work for a government agency went ou... Read More »

Jul 7, 2018

Apartado, Colombia 2018 – Day Four – Another Day at the Office

Apartado, Colombia

Things have started out well today. Everyone is humming through their jobs. Surgery started on time and the whole team knew exactly what to do. Nathan Cobert, the Quartermaster, is our featured Team Member... Read More »


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Aug 19, 2018

Day 5 – Raining Smi...

, Monrovia, Liberia

It is the rainy season here in Liberia so we shouldn’t be surprised it rains – in fact, it rains a lot, in monsoon-like downpours. On the positive side the rain brings the temperature down but ... Read More »

Aug 17, 2018

Day 4 – The Patient...

, Monrovia, Liberia

Many of the people traveling to St Joseph’s Hospital have traveled several hours by multiple shared taxi rides, buses or on foot. With rain, this can add an extra hour because of traffic or flooded r... Read More »