This morning Vicky and I toured the holding ward where the families and patients stay before going to pre-op for surgery.
Everyone perked up when we walked in and it was really heartbreaking to see row after row of beds with children with cleft lips, deformed limbs, and burns. The parents would step out in the aisle and lift their child up to show their problem. You could see the hope in their eyes and even though we don't speak the same language with simple gestures and smiles we tried to assure them that everything would be ok.
From there I went to post-op and there I was greeted with smiles and parents lifting up their children proudly to show me their child after surgery. I could see the joy in their eyes, and thought, this is why we do Rotaplast! I am so proud to be part of this, and to be a Rotarian.