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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 »

Jul 7, 2018

Apartado, Colombia 2018 – Day Three – We’ve Got Our Rhythm

Apartado, Colombia

We greeted each other with Happy Fourth of July first thing this morning. Calmness and order characterized most the day. We seem to have our rhythm now. Each day we get more organized and comfortable at th... Read More »

Jul 6, 2018

Apartado, Colombia 2018 – Day Two – First Day of Surgery

Apartado, Colombia

This is a new site for Rotaplast, and though it’s a beautiful new hospital, there were expected and unexpected challenges but nothing the application of creativity and determination couldn’t fix. T... Read More »

Jul 6, 2018

Apartado, Colombia 2018 – Day One – Clinic Day

Apartado, Colombia

Up and at it, and on the bus by 7:00 am, we are off to meet our patients. We’re only about 2 miles from the hospital. Wow, its a beautiful, new facility! We were greeted by 60 patients and their Read More »

Jul 5, 2018

Apartado, Colombia 2018 – A Long Travel Day

Apartado, Colombia

To travel with a group, even a well-behaved one like ours, one must expect a lot of ‘hurry up and wait’. Traveling is like that regardless, but when a leader is herding a group, hoping not to lose one,... Read More »


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, 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 »

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