It was bittersweet as we said our goodbyes yesterday. We were going home, but we knew pieces of our team’s hearts now belong to the people of Colombia. What a humbling, 13 day experience! Two weeks ago we met as strangers who quickly bonded and worked incredibly hard as a team. Together, we registered and evaluated 134 individuals, operated on 81 patients and performed 96 procedures.

On our final day of clinic so many heartfelt hugs were exchanged and incredible bonds were felt with our patients and their families. To quote Quartermaster Steve Kendra, “I think the world is really not made up of atoms, it’s made up of stories.”

We thank you for the beautiful stories. It has been an honor and privilege to serve the people of Colombia. Returning a smile to a child or an adult fills all of us with joy. Until we meet again, many blessings to you and your families. Most of all, thank you for the beautiful stories.

View all the photos from this historic surgical trip on Rotaplast’s Flickr account!