In an earlier blog entry I introduced you to Marina. Marina stood out from the crowd because of her beautiful vibrant dress. Marina, age 7 and her father Rolando, age 29 traveled over 9 hours by bus to arrive at the hospital. During Marina’s surgery I had the opportunity to speak with her father Rolando through a spanish interpreter. He said they learned of Rotaplast and the mission through Marina’s school teacher. The school teacher came across the ad in a newspaper that was placed by our gracious hosts and local Rotary Club of La Asunción in Guatemala City.
Marina looking at the photo I gave her of the first picture I took of her on pre-clinic. When I first met Rolando and Marina, Rolando asked me for a picture of his daughter pre-op. On their last day at the hospital I gave Rolando the picture of Marina. He was more than appreciative for not only the photo but also for our help in restoring Marina’s beautiful smile.