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Sep 13, 2018

Guatemala City, Guatemala – Clinic Day

, Guatemala City, Guatemala

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 »

Sep 12, 2018

Guatemala City, Guatemala. Surgery Day 7

Guatemala City, Guatemala

In the country of Guatemala, the patients and their families have an amazing ability to wait patiently.  They wait their turn to be evaluated by the medical team on intake day.  They wait to be admitted ... Read More »

Sep 11, 2018

Guatemala City, Guatemala – Day 7 Surgery

Guatemala City, Guatemala

It is 6:15 a.m.  We have all boarded the bus to Hospital Social San Lazaro.  As we drive through the streets of Guatemala, I reflect on the city and it’s people…  Guatemala City serves as the econom... Read More »

Sep 10, 2018

Guatemala City, Guatemala, Surgical Day 6

Guatemala City, Guatemala

The team has returned after a relaxing day, ready to go.   We have 3 bone grafts, several cleft palates, and several nasal fistula surgeries scheduled for today.  The protocol for patients and families r... Read More »

Sep 8, 2018

Guatemala City, Guatemala – Day 5 Surgery

Guatemala City, Guatemala

“May you know a new life with good health” -anonymous Young patients ready for their important surgical day      Surgical preparation begins: PreOp      Surgeries begin.  Surgery prefor... Read More »

Sep 7, 2018

Guatemala City, Guatemala, Day 4

Guatemala City, Guatemala

Our Rotaplast International mission consists of a medical team with deep credentials. Surgeons: Medical Director/Surgeon, David Low, Surgeon, Milton Solis, Surgeon, David Morwood, Surgeon Anesthesiologis... Read More »

Sep 6, 2018

Guatemala City, Guatemala, Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3

Guatemala City, Guatemala

The advance preparation has been profound. Join us on a trip toward the miraculous… Our Team of talented, caring, dedicated medical providers and support staff that number 27 total, will bring everything... Read More »

Aug 24, 2018

Day 11 – Final Clinic and Repacking Day

, Monrovia, Liberia

While not every patient needs to come back to the final clinic we were very pleased to see that many of them did. It was great to see some of our favorite patients and even more satisfying to see some Read More »

Aug 24, 2018

Day 9 and 10 – Last days of Surgey

, Monrovia, Liberia

This mission has been special in many ways, the warmth and welcoming of the Liberian people, the support from Rotarians, especially Rotaractors and also because of the diversity of surgeries. We did a numb... Read More »

Aug 22, 2018

Day 8 – Thank You’s and Blankets

, Monrovia, Liberia

Rotary District 7450 sponsored a significant portion of this mission. The money was raised by many of the clubs in the District contributing from money raised from charity events and also donations. Withou... Read More »

Aug 21, 2018

Day 7 – Land of Smiles of Tribulations

, Monrovia, Liberia

While the primary purpose of the mission is to perform surgeries and help patients it is also important to get to know the country and the people. Everyone on the team when asked “What have you liked mos... Read More »

Aug 20, 2018

Day 6 – The Team’s Found its Perfect Rhythm

Monrovia, Liberia

For a mission to be a success it requires a team effort with everyone doing their role, interacting with the rest of the team and being flexible enough to adjust roles because of unexpected circumstances.... Read More »

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

Several other surgeries were performed today – all went well, some took longer than expected as they were complex cases but the outcomes were fantastic. Below is Dr. Jeff DeWeese (surgeon) and Dr. Mi... 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 »


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Sep 13, 2018

Guatemala City, Guatemala...

, Guatemala City, Guatemala

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 »

Sep 12, 2018

Guatemala City, Guatemala...

Guatemala City, Guatemala

In the country of Guatemala, the patients and their families have an amazing ability to wait patiently.  They wait their turn to be evaluated by the medical team on intake day.  They wait to be admitted ... Read More »