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Jan 15, 2018

Day 7 – Mohammad’s Big Day!

Chittagong, Bangladesh

I met the most adorable boy, Mohammad who is 8 years old.  Mohammad had an accident about 13 months ago, he tripped and fell into a pot of hot cooking oil.  Most families living in rural areas cook their... Read More »

Jan 15, 2018

Day 6 – Surgery Day 3

Chittagong, Bangladesh

Team work – Dr. Worland performing the final surgery of the day, a contracture release, Dr. Solis harvesting the skin graft, Dr. Gemberling and Head Nurse Sandy observe the procedure, releasing a co... Read More »

Jan 14, 2018

Day 5 – Surgery Day 2!!!

Chittagong, Bangladesh

Dr. Ron Gemberling of El Granada, CA, led the day’s first surgery with a cleft palate procedure.  Dr. Gemberling is an Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery, Stanford University; he is a member of ... Read More »

Jan 12, 2018

Day 4 – First Day of Surgery!

Chittagong, Bangladesh

After much anticipation, surgery begins!  Our first patient, Sha hitches a ride from Head Nurse Sandra Swiatek, of Pennsylvania, into the OR… Nishu travelled 5 hours by bus to have plastic surgery t... Read More »

Jan 11, 2018

Day 3 – First Clinic Day!

Chittagong, Bangladesh

Our excited 2018 Chittagong Team left for the hospital at 6:30 am. We were greeted by a large colorful group of families! Potential Patients! The people are lovely and friendly! Karen Davis, Pediatric Nurs... Read More »

Jan 10, 2018

Day One and Two – Chittagong Crew Arrives!

Chittagong, Bangladesh

Our Rotaplast crew met in San Francisco full of excitement and anticipation!  We loaded up on an Emirates A380 Airbus and landed 15 hours later in Dubai; the flight was was very smooth, the flight attenda... Read More »

Dec 15, 2017

Day Eleven — Namaste

Agra, India

Namaste — A Sanskrit greeting used everyday in India, an ancient Hindustani word open to interpretation One such meaning is:  I honor the place in you in which the entire Universe dwells, I honor th... Read More »

Dec 8, 2017

Day Ten — Leela

Agra, India

Leela has been on more Rotaplast missions than some of our volunteers, only she has been our patient, twice in Faridabad in 2015 and 2016, and this year in Agra.  The above photo was taken last week. Thes... Read More »

Dec 8, 2017

Day Nine — More Surgeries

Agra, India

Shaurya after a revision of his cleft lip repair, releasing scar tissue to allow for proper lip function and a better smile. Khushi and her mom are in the PACU before her surgery to release facial burn sca... Read More »

Dec 6, 2017

Day Eight — Team Work

Agra, India

Daksh’s initial cleft lip repair needed improvement.  He is hanging out in the PACU before surgery with some new friends:  Michael Lim (Anesthesiologist), Jeannie Petro (PACU Nurse), Lianna Hooper ... Read More »

Dec 5, 2017

Day Seven — The Next Generation

Agra, IndiaAgra, India

Sophie Saucedo (Patient Transporter) and Chelsa Green (Recreation Therapist) have teamed up to cover a third position of Ward Coordinator, keeping track of our patients in the hospital from check-in throug... Read More »

Dec 5, 2017

Day Six — Our Third OR Day

Agra, IndiaAgra, India

Pankuri (left) and Daksh (right) with their mom.  These siblings were born with extra fingers and toes, which were surgically removed. Daksh’s hands before surgery. Tanuja before surgery with the be... Read More »

Dec 3, 2017

Day Five — The Smallest Thing

Agra, India

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.       Read More »

Dec 1, 2017

Day Four — This is Why We Have Come

Agra, India

Today, we performed our first surgeries.  Shahid had a simple cleft lip, repaired by a short surgery of about 30 minutes that is life changing.  People with cleft lips sometimes lead very sheltered lives... Read More »

Nov 29, 2017

Day Three — Opening Day Clinic

Agra, India

Team Agra 2017:  Bottom row:  Pam Dundas (Head Nurse), Dennis Dundas (Medical Director), Brian Walker (Mission Director), Chelsea Green (Recreation Therapist), Sophie Saucedo (Patient Transporter).  Mid... Read More »

Nov 27, 2017

Days One & Two – SFO to Agra

Agra, India

Paul Kupras (quartermaster), Neal Fleming (lead anesthesiologist) and Michael  Yim (anesthesiologist) unload boxes of medical supplies for our mission to Agra, India. Seventeen medical and non-medical vol... Read More »


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Jan 17, 2018

Day 8 – Surgeries c...

Chittagong, BangladeshChittagong, Bangladesh

Pakhi is a delightful 6 year old with a severe wide cleft lip.  He is one of 7 children and his father is a rickshaw driver.  Pakhi’s family lives in the village nearby the Southern Medical Colleg... Read More »

Jan 15, 2018

Day 7 – Mohammad...

Chittagong, Bangladesh

I met the most adorable boy, Mohammad who is 8 years old.  Mohammad had an accident about 13 months ago, he tripped and fell into a pot of hot cooking oil.  Most families living in rural areas cook their... Read More »