No, it’s not a real word, but it should be.  Watching this Rotaplast team in action is impressive.  The job could not be done without the entire team working in unison, and every person has performed with distinction.

Below is a picture of a burn repair patient in the recovery room with pediatrician Amie Shaw.  Amie is very popular amongst the team as the controller/gate-keeper of Cipro… (There are advantages to being surrounded by so many doctors).


Our days continue: more screenings, cleft repairs, skin grafts for burns, and dressing changes.  A critical role on the team is our sterilizer Ellie Andrews, who keeps clean instruments in the right rooms at the right time.


And then there is lunch as seen below.  It looks like we’re getting ready for a shower with all the hair caps.  It’s a quick feed and then back to surgery.


I’m always looking for a good story and today was no exception.  Anesthesiologist Helen O’Keeffe Vajk’s son Stephen is a lighting engineer back in the states.  Prior to Helen leaving for this trip, he insisted that she take some cutting-edge, high pressure tape that he uses - “because you just never know when you’ll need it”.  Well, Helen would have been out of luck with her oxygen line not connecting to the hospital’s oxygen line if she didn’t have that tape to create a safe connection.  Way to go Stephen!


While our focus is repairing cleft lips and cleft palates, our schedule has allowed a small variety of other procedures.  Our little fellow mentioned earlier in the blog, who had fallen into the fire, is healing well with his skin grafts. He’s pictured below awaiting his first treatment.


It was good day.