Most of the Rotaplast team on the Retalhuleu mission to Guatemala gathered at SFO Sunday night and met the rest of the team in Houston. We flew through the night to Guatemala City and then drove in a convoy of buses and a truck to our hotel.
Quartermaster Steve Borkenhagen and some of the medical team transported 34 boxes of supplies to the Hilario Galindo Hospital in preparation for registration day on Tuesday.
The initial clinical evaluation is important because patients with high temperatures, airway obstructions or infections do not qualify for the surgery. They must return later in the mission to be retested or wait for the next mission.
Once the registration process and clinical evaluations are completed, Head Nurse Jim Galloway schedules the surgeries.
The next day, Wednesday, will see at least 17 operations, 17 new reconstructed lips and palates, 17 new lives changed for the better. Rotaplast donors and supporters around the world make this wonderful and very necessary work possible. Everyone on the team is aware of the importance of this mission and are grateful to the many people who make it possible. The Rotary Club of San Jose raised $94,000 from its members and the community for the mission, and the Rotary Clubs of Antigua and Guatemala City also raised funds and provided volunteers for the mission.