Day 6 in New Delhi, India
Sunday is typically a day off for the Rotaplast team. After first visiting the hospital for rounds, four medical staff then returned to the hotel at 8:30 to join other members of the team for a day-long guided city tour of Delhi provided by the Rotary Club of Delhi Vasant Valley. Six members had opted to depart the previous night, travelling the 5-6 hours each way to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal, the jewel of India.
An early morning view of the Taj Mahal taken by Lead Anesthesiologist Dr. Fred Mihm.
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Nan Madden, Pediatrician Dr. Kathy Gallagher, Dr. Devi Tantri, and Head Nurse Eveyln Abad are joined by Rotarians Gaurav Ahuja and Rakesh Kumar for 7:00 AM morning rounds.
EXPRESSIONS OF GRATITUDE
During rounds, parents expressed their joy and gratitude for the life-changing surgical procedures performed by our Rotaplast team. The smiles on their faces cut across language barriers.
Little Jagdish, a 15 month-old infant, had his clef lip repaired.
Our surgeons performed an upper lip hemangioma excision on Khushi, a beautiful five year-old girl.
All of us, especially Head Nurse Evelyn Abad, fell in love with Naman, a four months-old charmer admitted for a cleft lip repair.
THE REST OF THE DAY
The tour of Delhi included the following highlights: walking the expansive grounds of the Red Fort; happening upon a lively drum-beating street parade and colorful festival in Chandni Chowk in celebration of Sikhism founder, Guru Nanak Dev; and dining at the renowned Karim’s on Lodhi Road.
Mission Director Randy Floyd enjoying a Jalebi at a sweet shop which has been in business since 1884.
After a day off, the team was refreshed for its second week of “saving smiles and changing lives.”